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68-year-old Lawrence woman dies in rural Douglas County crash

April 11, 2014

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A 68-year-old Lawrence woman died early Friday morning in a one-car crash in rural Douglas County, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

According to Lt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff's office spokesman, deputies responded to the crash just before 2 a.m. and discovered the woman's body about 30 yards from a wrecked 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass. The accident occurred south of Lone Star Park, in the 600 block of U.S. Highway 56.

Lewis said the woman, whose identity won't be released until her family can be notified, was the only person involved in the crash. Deputies determined that before the crash, she had been traveling westbound at a high speed and went into the north ditch for unknown reasons.

Lewis said that her car then struck a pasture driveway and went airborne, about 20 feet into the air, tearing down a power line. The driver was ejected through the passenger window after the car flipped end over end, Lewis said. The woman was not wearing her seatbelt, he said.

Journal-World news partner Operation 100 first reported the story early Friday morning.

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