A woman is dead and a toddler seriously injured after a crash on Highway 54 Saturday evening.
The crash happened when a car driven by Jefferson City resident Luis Narvaez hit another car belonging to Columbia resident Huayang Wang, who was stopped on the side of the road. Wang was uninjured, but Maria Martinez, 22, was taken to Capitol Region Medical Center and then to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a little after 8 p.m. Another passenger, 2-year-old Karla Gonzales, was airlifted to University Hospital, where officials said Sunday she was in critical condition.
Narvaez and a third passenger, Jorge Guevara, were taken to Lake Regional Hospital with moderate injuries. Guevara and Martinez were not wearing seatbelts.