Woman killed by falling concrete was prominent civic leader

Published 07-24-2018

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A woman killed when a 1-ton chunk of concrete fell onto her car was a business leader, an advocate for animals and the wife of a former St. Louis police chief.

Police on Tuesday identified the victim as 58-year-old Janet Torrisi-Mokwa, wife of former chief Joe Mokwa. She was founder of Congruence Inc., a leadership advisory firm, and was active with the Humane Society of Missouri.

Police say Torrisi-Mokwa died instantly Monday after a car crashed into a concrete barrier on a bridge, dislodging a large piece of a concrete barrier. The concrete fell onto Torrisi-Mokwa's Tesla as she drove on Forest Park Parkway below the bridge.

Police say the 22-year-old driver of the car that struck the barrier was treated for minor injuries.

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