A 17-year-old Columbia girl died Wednesday afternoon after a two-car collision on Route K West, just south of Bethel Church Road.
Paige N. Siddall was driving east on Route K West when she lost control of her vehicle, drove off the roadway and struck a mailbox at about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported. The vehicle returned to the roadway and slid sideways into the path of a 2001 Oldsmobile driven by Thomas R. Nelson, 51, of Centralia.
Nelson hit the driver’s side of Siddall’s car. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Siddall was unconscious and not breathing when firefighters arrived. Paramedics tried to resuscitate her at the scene, the Boone County Fire Protection District said in a news release.
Siddall, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, was transported to University Hospital where she died.
Nelson suffered minor injuries and was transported to University Hospital. His condition was not known at press time.
Siddall is the daughter of Marty Siddall, general manager of KOMU-TV/Channel 8.