Cape woman killed in crash

Wednesday, August 21, 2002

A Cape Girardeau resident was killed early Tuesday in a crash at 609 N. Mount Auburn Road.

Leslie Rae McKenzie, 42, died after her Kia Sportage struck a tree at 7:43 a.m. The investigation into the accident has shown she was driving northbound on Mount Auburn and may have first driven off the right side of the road, overcorrected and then went off the other side of the road where she crashed, said Cape patrolman Jason Selzer.

The victim was partially ejected from the vehicle. Police said she was not wearing a seat belt and was the only occupant of the vehicle.

McKenzie, a mother of three sons, was a registered nurse and a night supervisor at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. She had been employed there since February, said administrator Sam McVay.

"Our veterans home family is just devastated," McVay said. "She was a lovely lady, and our staff and residents are in shock. We're going to miss her terribly."

Family members said funeral arrangements have not been made at this time.

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