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Eureka Business Woman Dies in Truck Crash

Karen Turnbo, owner of Ty's Liquor Store in Eureka, died in a one-vehicle accident Saturday morning.

Eureka Business Woman Dies in Truck Crash Eureka Business Woman Dies in Truck Crash Eureka Business Woman Dies in Truck Crash

Karen Turnbo, owner of in Eureka, was killed in a one-vehicle accident at approximately 6:31 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on Highway FF, south of Wilderness Road in Jefferson County, which is located just outside the Eureka boundaries.

The Highway Patrol report indicated Turnbo was traveling too fast for the road conditions, which caused her 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer to fail to negotiate a down hill curve to the right. The report stated the truck skidded off the left side of the roadway and became airborne before the right side of the vehicle struck a tree.

Turnbo, 49, was pronounced dead by Paradmedic Joseph Sanchez at 7:40 a.m.

The report indicated Turnbo was not wearing a seat belt.

A prayer service is being held at 7 p.m. Sunday evening at .

Patch confirmed Sunday morning with a representative that they will be handling the funeral services, however an obituary has not been made public yet.

In the meantime, Eureka-Wildwood Patch would like to revisit Karen's excitement about the 25th anniversary of her store. After , she personally contacted us to express appreciation for the acknowledgement. She said she and her late husband, Ty, faced many challenges at their business at 115 S. Central Ave. in Eureka. But they had deliberately chosen Eureka as the place to "watch their business dream unfold."

"The store is my life, and we've seen a lot of changes to our business and the town through the years. I'd love to talk about it all and to remember the good times," she said in December about her open house scheduled later that month to commemorate the store's anniversary.

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