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Bride-to-be dies in crash on way to her bachelorette party

Bride-To-Be Dies In Crash On Way To Her Own Bachelorette Party

MORGAN COUNTY, Mo. – Friends and family are struggling over the death of a Lee's Summit mother, killed in a car accident on the way to her bachelorette party Friday, when the vehicle she was in riding in struck another head-on.

Collette M. Moreno, 26, was the passenger of a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, which was traveling southbound on Missouri Highway 5 near Prairie Valley Road on the way to the Lake of the Ozarks, where her bachelorette party was set to take place.

Moreno's best friend and maid of honor, Ashley Theobald was driving the Malibu. She says they were listening to Taylor Swift and recalls Moreno was coughing from the exhaust fumes coming from the truck they were following.

"She has really bad asthma and there were a few trucks in front of us that had really bad exhausts and she was coughing, so I was like okay we have to pass these," said Ashley Theobald, 26. Theobald said they both checked to see if it was clear and decided to pass the truck.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol's accident report, shortly before 3 p.m. on Friday the Malibu attempted to pass another vehicle at the same time a 25-year-old male driver in a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck heading northbound was cresting a hill.

The two vehicles attempted to swerve out of each other's way to avoid collision; however the truck still ended up striking the passenger side of the Malibu, sending the vehicle off the left side of the road. The Dodge traveled off the right side after impact. "A truck was coming at us and I swerved and the truck swerved with me," said Theobald.

Moreno, who had been wearing her seatbelt, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia where she was later pronounced dead from her injuries shortly after 5:30 p.m. "I was talking to her. She couldn't talk back but she was nodding at me," Theobald said. "I didn't know it was as bad as it was because she wasn't physically super beaten-up."

As soon as Collette's fiance, Jesse Arcobasso, 28, heard about the accident, he hopped into his car to drive to the hospital. "I was just trying to hold on to the fact that she was going to be okay," said Jesse Arcobasso.

Jesse and Collette's wedding day was set for July 26 in Jamaica. Moreno leaves a five-year-old son.

The driver of the Dodge was not injured in the crash. Theobald was taken to the hospital and treated for only minor injuries.

"Complete shock. It wasn't real," said Moreno's mother on Monday, as she recalled hearing the news. "It felt like a messed-up dream and I needed to wake up from it. And I just couldn't believe it. I still can't."

A memorial fund account has been established at Bank of the West.
For donations, the family asks that you make checks payable to:

Collette Moreno-Arcobasso Memorial Fund
CMA Memorial Fund
229 S.E. Topaz Drive
Lee's Summit, MO 64063

Additionally, a special fundraiser is planned on Friday, July 11 at Deavers Restaurant and Sports Bar, 2109 Charbonier Rd., in Florissant, Mo. Twenty per cent of sales between 11 a.m. and 1 a.m. will be given to the fund. There will also be an auction and raffles to raise money.

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abudotcom June 26 2014 at 11:14 AM


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Pat June 26 2014 at 11:53 AM

to quote the article ... "the Malibu attempted to pass another vehicle at the same time a 25-year-old male driver in a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck heading northbound was cresting a hill."

DRIVER NEGLIGENCE ... end of story

and don't even attempt to BLAME IT on the exhaust fumes !!!

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don54321 June 26 2014 at 12:12 PM

I don't believe this story is the truth. More like they were in a hurry to party and the trucks were driving too slow and the driver made a reckless decision to pass on a hill or whatever. The point is her side of the story being told is to avoid everyone pointing the finger at her for causing her friends death. - I say that is a coward.

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Kat June 26 2014 at 12:05 PM

She should have backed off from the trucks. She was in a NO PASSING zone! Now her friend is dead! Turn the A/C on do something else but do not pass in a no passing zone!

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erinjanespca Kat June 26 2014 at 2:22 PM

How do you know it was a no passing zone? I only read the article so if it says in the video, my bad, lol.

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rbjrjr erinjanespca June 26 2014 at 2:56 PM

Cresting a hill is a no passing zone.

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slackwarerobert Kat June 26 2014 at 3:39 PM

At point of impact she was in one. but how far back did she start to pass? it was a entire fleet of trucks she wanted around.

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droptop170 June 26 2014 at 12:13 PM

so, these young ladies were partying, taking selfies, and I'm supposed to feel pity? of course they were not drinking at all! lol. I pity the guy in the pick-up , that now will carry the memory to his grave.

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rbaker62 June 26 2014 at 12:04 PM

Sympathy and prayers to Colette's family. Life is precious. Be careful people. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone.

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ladybaylee rbaker62 June 26 2014 at 4:41 PM

Yours is the best comment so far.
Hey no matter whose fault, a young woman is gone.
Just keep your negative thoughts to yourself and spare the family.

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ddeanrivera ladybaylee June 26 2014 at 5:37 PM

She committed a crime! If it was your family member that was killed by her stupid behavior you would want her to go to prison. The guilty one survived! She needs to pay for her dangerous behavior. I hope the other party she wrecked into sues her for his injuries and property damage.

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franksmoody rbaker62 June 26 2014 at 7:01 PM

That's right. Not even for the royal families.

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johnb4999 June 26 2014 at 12:31 PM

Just another typical 26 year old acting like their 10. The 20 something youth of today have a mental state of a 10 year old. Their judgment sucks and they think their indestructible.

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Mike June 26 2014 at 11:56 AM

I feel for the families involved in this tragic accident. However, 's like we had to pass" ? What's wrong with slowing down and backinmg off the trucks exaust ?

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johnb4999 June 26 2014 at 12:24 PM

Roll up the windows. Problem solved. Not sure what else to say.

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botcheditagain000 June 26 2014 at 11:33 AM

I hope they were able to return the gifts.

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