UPDATE: Woman dies in motorcycle crash on Interstate 70 ramp

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | 4:24 p.m. CDT; updated 6:00 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 1, 2014
Belongings of a 51-year-old female motorcyclist are strewn at the intersection of Route Z and the I-70 westbound onramp after a fatal accident. She was struck by a small SUV on Wednesday. The motorcyclist, a Columbia native, was pronounced dead after being transported to University Hospital.

*UPDATE: This report has been updated to include the identities of the drivers involved in the collision and a caption for the photos below.

COLUMBIA — A 51-year-old woman was killed on a motorcycle Wednesday when an SUV pulled out in front of her on the Route Z overpass at Interstate 70.

The accident occurred at 1:40 p.m. when the driver of the SUV was pulling off I-70 and struck the northbound motorcycle, Missouri State Highway Trooper Gary Gundy said. The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown onto the windshield of the SUV.

Emergency medical personnel were already performing CPR on the woman, Lynelle Pace of Columbia, when Gundy arrived at the scene, he said. She was taken to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Gundy said the driver of the SUV, Michael Brooks, 66, of Columbia, wasn't injured. The driver told Gundy he didn't see the motorcyclist.

At the accident scene at the top of the ramp, a shoe and a helmet lay in the middle of the road. The driver paced with his head in his hands, visibly distraught.

Gundy said Brooks would be ticketed for failure to yield after stopping.

Above: The driver of the SUV stares down from the Route Z bridge over I-70 on Wednesday. Above right: Officers Nathaniel Schaffer, left, and Shawn Brazas examine the motorcyclist’s helmet with Chief Forensic Investigator Dori Burke. | Photos by SHANNON ELLIOTT/Missourian

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Richard Saunders May 29, 2014 | 2:38 p.m.

Those pictures are not only disgusting, but wholly unnecessary.

Is this the sort of infotainment that the Missourian desires to peddle?

No wonder the world has "gone to the dogs," when institutions such as this succumb to sensationalism merely to attract attention.

So much for the long cherished idea that journalism is a benefit to society.

I wonder how Shannon Elliot or anyone else at the Missourian would feel upon seeing those photos if it were their family member?

You people are sick.

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