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Sun, Dec. 15

Traffic accident takes life of Camp Verde woman

A head-on collision killed a 51-year-old Camp Verde woman who was traveling in the wrong direction and not wearing a seat belt Saturday morning in the Verde Valley, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reported.

YCSO deputies reported at 9:15 a.m. Saturday to the accident scene on Salt Mine Road about four miles south of Highway 260, a press release from YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn stated. The accident heavily damaged a gold Buick Century sedan and a white Dodge Ram truck.

He stated a helicopter took the driver of the Buick, Denise Reed, to the Flagstaff Medical Center, where officials pronounced her dead.

The driver of the truck, a 60-year-old Camp Verde man, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and received treatment at the scene.

A preliminary investigation determined the Buick was traveling the wrong way in the northbound lane on Salt Mine Road. The Dodge motorist moved to the roadway shoulder hoping to avoid a collision.

As he entered the shoulder, the Buick continued toward him and struck the front of his vehicle.

Sheriff's deputies determined Reed was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. The investigation continues as to the speed of both vehicles at the time of the crash and whether Reed suffered from a medical condition or had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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