Two Columbia Residents Hurt in Clay County Fatal Accident

Two Columbia residents were hurt in an accident that killed a Kansas City woman on I-435 in Clay County around 8:10 Friday night. The State Highway Patrol says 53-year-old Julie Groce’s SUV went off the right side of the northbound lanes and hit a guard rail, crossed back over the highway, hit a concrete barrier, and overturned. Her SUV was then hit by one driven by 40-year-old Robert Patterson of Columbia. Groce was taken to a North Kansas City hospital, where she died from her injuries. Patterson had moderate injuries, and a 15-year-old boy in his vehicle had serious ones.