Wentzville woman killed in eastbound I-70 crash

ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – A 21-year-old female passenger from Wentzville was killed in a two-vehicle crash on eastbound I-70 on Thursday morning.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, 22-year-old Victor C. Russo was traveling east on I-70 in a 1998 Ford Ranger when he made an unsafe lane change. The front of the Ford hit the rear of a 2016 Chevrolet Impala driven by 79-year-old Thomas J. Pichler. This impact caused the Ford to travel off the right side of the road, hit a guardrail, travel back across the interstate, and hit a concrete median. MSHP reports the accident happened west of Highway Z around 11:41 a.m.

Abigail E. Layton, a passenger in the Ford, was ejected from the vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt. Police report Layton was transported to SSM Health St. Joseph Lake St. Louis where she was pronounced dead at 12:38 p.m.

Russo was not wearing a seat belt, but Pichler was wearing one.

The Ford was totaled and the Chevrolet sustained minor damages.

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