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Woman, 46, killed in northwest Tucson crash

Woman, 46, killed in northwest Tucson crash

A 46-year-old woman was killed in a crash Friday morning on the northwest side, authorities said.

Northwest Fire responded to the two-vehicle crash at the intersection of North Oracle and West Orange Grove roads shortly before 9 a.m., finding two heavily-damaged vehicles, one of which had rolled and returned to an upright position, said department spokeswoman, Trina Motto.

The Department of Public Safety said that a Honda car, driven by Julie Begin, was making a left turn from southbound Oracle onto eastbound Orange Grove. A Dodge SUV, driven by Jennifer Ortiz, 31, was northbound on Oracle. As the Honda made the turn it was hit on the passenger side by the Dodge. The Dodge rolled over, coming to rest upright. The Honda spun around and struck a utility pole, the DPS said.

The DPS said both drivers were wearing seat belts.

The two drivers were taken by Northwest Fire ambulances to Banner-University Medical Center. Begin was pronounced dead at the hospital. Ortiz was treated for her injuries and released.

The investigation is continuing but impairment is not considered a factor in the crash.

Contact reporter Caitlin Schmidt at or 573-4191. On Twitter: @caitlincschmidt

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