Pedestrian dies after being struck by car

Tuesday, March 9, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:46 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

A pedestrian who was hit by a car Sunday night on the U.S. 63 entrance ramp at Route AC died Monday.

Carol Tyrrell, 62, of 5909 St. Charles Road, was driving the car that struck Tara Jones, 25, who was walking in the northbound lanes of the ramp.

Jones was thrown over the hood of the car and suffered what police described as “life-threatening injuries” to her head and torso.

Jones was treated at the scene and sent to University Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition.

She was declared dead at 10:28 a.m. Monday, according to a message sent to police by the medical examiner.

Tyrrell was not injured in the accident, and police don’t expect to file any charges against her.

It is unknown at this time why Jones was walking on the ramp, or why she stepped out in front of Tyrrell’s vehicle.

A man identifying himself as Jones’ fiancé called the police Monday morning, but traffic officers haven’t spoken with him directly.

Police are also unsure of where Jones and her fiancé were living.

This is the first fatality accident investigation the Columbia Police Department has conducted in 2004.

— Laura McNamar

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