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Route 94 car crash kills man in St. Charles County

5:16 PM, Sep 12, 2013   |    comments
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ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KSDK) - A car accident on southbound Route 94 left a pedestrian dead at the scene early Thursday morning.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper L.B. Larimore, the driver of a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer lost control of the car after driving along a wet curved part of the road. The Highway Patrol said either a light rain or heavy dew caused for the road's wetness.

The car veered off the road and flipped over and struck 59-year-old Valente Zapata, an employee of T.J.'s Landscaping who was doing yardwork at a church near the road.

Zapata had worked for the company on a seasonal visa since 2008 and was the main provider for the family, according to a company spokesman.

The driver of the car suffered minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital, according to the trooper.

The Missouri Highway Patrol continues to investigate for a cause of the accident.

T.J.'s Landscaping plans to set up a fund for the Zapata family at First State Bank in St. Charles in his name.

Reporter Casey Nolan contributed to this report. 


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