A teacher at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School died after a crash Thursday evening, according to an email from Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark. 

Ashley B. Wegner, 33, was driving a Honda minivan north at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of South Rangeline Road east of Columbia when she lost control of the vehicle, according to a Boone County Sheriff's Department Facebook post.

Assistant Fire Chief Gale Blomenkamp told KOMU 8 that crews responded to a rollover crash at 7:31 p.m. When emergency medical services arrived, they found Wegner, who was thrown from a car. Wegner was the only person in the vehicle, and she had not been wearing a seatbelt.

Emergency respondents performed CPR, but Wegner was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Blomenkamp said the car left the road, crashing into the corner of a house along with the side of a wall, causing significant damage to the property.

People were inside the residence when the crash happened, but they were not injured.

Excessive speed is believed to be a contributing factor to the crash, according to the Facebook post. 

Wegner is survived by her husband, Matt, according to a message to district employees from Superintendent Peter Stiepleman.

She was a member of the Superintendent's Advisory Council, he said in the message.

"Ashley was a mentor to new teachers, which meant she understood the importance of giving time and treasure to the next generation of individuals joining the most noble profession of them all — education," Stiepleman said. "It is clear Ashley Wegner cared deeply for the children in her building and the peers she taught with."

The message also notes the recent death of Gabryel W. Hopper, a Rock Bridge High School student who died in a crash Sunday, the Missourian has reported.

  • Assistant city editor, summer 2021. Former education reporter, spring 2021. I am a Masters student studying news editing. Reach me at madisonjstephens@mail.missouri.edu or on Twitter @MadiStephens6.

  • Assistant city editor, summer 2021. Former education reporter, fall 2020. I am a graduate student studying magazine editing. Reach me at hgallant@mail.missouri.edu or on Twitter @GallantHannah.

  • Elizabeth Brixey is the Columbia Missourian's education editor and an associate professor in the Missouri School of Journalism. She can be reached at (573) 882-2632 and brixeye@missouri.edu.

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