Local diner raising money for Columbia woman killed in car crash

Saturday, October 5, 2013 | 7:06 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The 63 Diner is raising money Saturday and Sunday for the family of Heather Cole, an employee who died Friday morning in a car crash.

Cole, 20, of Columbia, died in Friday's 2:32 a.m. crash on Interstate 70 in Cooper County, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.

The 63 Diner is serving Cole's favorite meal of homemade macaroni and cheese with hot dogs and grilled cornbread, according to its Facebook page. Proceeds from the event Saturday and Sunday will benefit Cole's family.

Her passenger, Sara Buxton of Columbia, remained in critical condition Saturday evening at University Hospital, where she was flown after the crash.

Cole was driving a 2006 Ford eastbound on Interstate 70  near Boonville when her car crossed the highway median cable into oncoming traffic, according to previous Missourian reports.

It struck an oncoming tractor trailer. The driver of the trailer was not injured.

Funeral arrangements for Cole have not been announced.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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