Passenger Mysteriously Dies After Car Crash

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In Morgan County, a man of Stover dies mysteriously after he examines the damages of the vehicle due to the crash.

On March 16, 2013 at approximately 1:40 p.m., Katherine Stegmann, age 46 from Stover, Missouri was operating a 2012 Subaru Outback. Schuyler Stegmann, age 40 from Stover, Missouri was Katherine’s only passenger inside the vehicle during the time of the crash. James Zimmerman, age 19 from Latham, Missouri was operating a 2004 Ford F350.

At that said date and time, both Katherine Stegmann and James Zimmerman were traveling in the eastbound direction on Missouri Highway 52 and 0.7 miles west of Missouri Highway 5 East Junction. The fatality crash occurred as Katherine Stegmann began to slow her vehicle in the traffic, while James’ negligence failed to notice her slowing and collided into the rear of her vehicle. After the crash, Schuyler Stegmann exited the vehicle to examine the damages and passed out in the roadway.

Schuyler Stegmann was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital and was pronounced dead by Dr. Peck. Then, Schuyler Stegmann was taken to Kidwell Garber Funeral Home in Versailles. According to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, none of the other occupants involved in this crash were injured.

Katherine Stegmann’s 2012 Subaru Outback and James Zimmerman’s 2004 Ford F350 both received moderate damages and were towed by D & R Towing of Versailles.

This fatality crash was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and with the assistance of Troop F and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.


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