Jill E. Gunsten, an elementary school teacher, died from injuries she sustained in the crash. In all, three vehicles and three drivers were involved in the accident, which occurred near Wright City, in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.
Gunsten, age 26, was traveling eastbound on I-70 shortly after 3 p.m. when she apparently lost control of her 2009 Honda Fit, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Gunsten's vehicle veered off the left side of the highway and crashed through the cable median barrier into the westbound lanes of the interstate.
As her out-of-control vehicle traveled into oncoming traffic, Gunsten crashed head-on into a 1997 Toyota Celica driven by 48-year-old Leonard T. Gregis of Centralia.
A third vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Corolla, then hit Gregis' vehicle from behind. The driver of the third vehicle was 31-year-old Jennifer D. Coldorn of Jonesburg.
Gunsten was taken to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, where she was later pronounced dead from injuries she suffered in the Missouri car accident. Gunsten taught third grade at Rebecca Boone Elementary School in Warrenton.
Gregis was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where he was listed in serious condition. Coldorn was not injured in the accident.
Members of the Missouri State Highway Department are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash.
Police say all three drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. All three vehicles were totaled from the impact of the highway crash.
We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Gunsten during their time of grief.