UPDATED 9:30 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN— A co-worker remembered Lynsi Dundas of Paris as a cheerful woman who always had a smile on her face.
Ms. Dundas, 27, the manager of The Cellular Connection in Paris, died in a one-car accident just north of the University Avenue exit on Interstate 57 early Monday morning.
According to a state police report, Ms. Dundas was driving south on Interstate 57 about 1 a.m. when her car hit a guardrail on the west shoulder.
The car then re-entered the highway, crossed the center median and hit a concrete bridge pillar, police said. She was extricated from the vehicle by the Champaign Fire Department.
Ms. Dundas was pronounced dead at the scene by Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.
Northrup said an autopsy was planned.
She graduated from Paris High School in 2003 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in business marketing from Eastern Illinois University in 2011.
Mandie Rhoads of Paris said she worked with Ms. Dundas at the company’s stores in both Marshall and Paris.
“She was the best boss I ever had,” Rhoads said. ”Lynsi never asked me to do something she wouldn’t be willing to do herself.”
Rhoads described Ms. Dundas as one of the kindest persons she ever met.
“She was always cheerful and happy, and I never once saw her angry,” Rhoads said. “All the customers here in Paris absolutely loved her.”
She is survived by a husband, Daniel, and a son, Noah.
“I used to take my little boy over to her place for play dates with Noah, and they always had a good time,” Rhoads said.
The crash remains under investigation by the coroner’s office and the state police.