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Police identify Junction City woman killed in crash; cell phone use under investigation

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Oregon State Police are investigating cell phone use as a possible contributing factor in a crash that killed a 42-year-old Junction City woman Wednesday night. (OSP photo)

MONROE, Ore. - Oregon State Police are investigating cell phone use as a possible contributing factor in a crash that killed a 42-year-old Junction City woman Wednesday night.

The crash claimed the life of 42-year-old Carrie L. Hitt, police said Thursday.

The preliminary investigation suggests Hitt was northbound on Territorial Highway between Junction City and Monroe when the Ford Bronco she was driving went off the highway near Ferguson Road around 9 p.m.

The Bronco overturned, ejecting Hitt from the vehicle.

A northbound Honda CRV driven by a Yakima, Wash., woman "was unable to avoid Hitt and struck her in the middle of the northbound lane," police said in a report.

Hitt died at the scene.

State police said "cell phone usage, by Hitt, is being investigated as a contributing factor to the crash."