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Fatal crash in Missouri blamed on blowing snow

It is always tragic when a young person loses her life as a result of a motor vehicle accident, whether as a passenger or as the driver. It is even worse when the accident is the result of harsh winter weather, which can not only make the roads slippery and impede vehicles' progress but decrease visibility. The family members of a 19-year-old woman killed in an accident on a Missouri highway last Monday will always wonder if she could have avoided her untimely death by wearing a seat belt or waiting until weather conditions were more favorable.

Authorities now blame wind-blown snow drifting on Highway 63, two miles north of Clark, for the accident. Driving over the snow drifts reportedly caused the young woman to lose control of her vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the crash report, and the force of impact when her vehicle overturned in the median after running off the side of the road ejected her from the automobile.

Responders transported her to a nearby hospital. A little over an hour following her admission, physicians pronounced her dead. The accident happened in Randolph County, while the driver hailed from nearby Mexico, Missouri. Her intended destination is not clear. 

Authorities advise against driving in winter weather unless absolutely unavoidable. Even when it is necessary, law enforcement recommends that drivers take safety measures to keep everyone on the road safe. Though this particular accident involved only one driver and one vehicle, winter conditions can cause multi-vehicle accidents with the potential to injure many people, and those who have received injuries in a winter roadway accident may find it helpful to consult an attorney. 

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