A Sugar Creek woman died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in eastern Cass County.
Maria Bachtel, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene following a crash on Missouri 58 at Route CC, in the tiny town of Strasburg east of Pleasant Hill. According to the Missouri State High Patrol, Bachtel was driving north on Route CC when she failed to heed a stop sign and her 1993 Mazda Protege was struck on the driver's side by a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup truck heading east on M-58. The Mazda went off the roadway and struck a utility pole. Bachtel, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected.
The driver and passenger of the Dodge pickup, a 77-year-old man and 76-year-old woman from Blue Springs, had been wearing their seat belts and suffered minor injuries, according to the Highway Patrol. She was taken to the hospital by Pleasant Hill EMS, and he refused treatment at the scene.