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Columbia girl killed in Saturday car crash

Sunday, November 24, 2013 | 11:38 a.m. CST; updated 1:07 p.m. CST, Monday, November 25, 2013

*CORRECTION: Jade Stafford died after an accident Saturday night. A previous version of this article incorrectly spelled her name.

COLUMBIA — A car accident in Audrain County Saturday night left a Columbia girl dead.

Aaron Wormington, 34, of Columbia was driving a Hyundai Sonata north on County Road 820 shortly after 10 p.m. Jade Stafford*, 12, of Columbia was a passenger in the car, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol crash report.

As Wormington was driving, a Ford F-250 driven by Shawn Smith of Mexico, Mo., attempted to turn left into a private drive in front of the Sonata. Wormington tried to pass Smith's vehicle as he approached but struck the truck in the side. The impact caused Wormington's car to leave the road and overturn.

Jade was wearing a seatbelt, according to the crash report; Wormington was not. Both were transported to Audrain Medical Center with injuries. Jade was later airlifted to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after midnight Sunday.

Smith was not injured, according to the report.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.


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