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Coconino County, Arizona – March 26, 2013

Police say a female motorist died and her family was injured Tuesday when a vehicle flipped in the Flagstaff area.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, 27-year-old Flagstaff resident Jennifer Pareng was behind the wheel of a red Ford Taurus sedan as it traveled along Interstate 40. As Ms. Pareng approached Exit 201 (Country Club Drive), around 10:55 a.m., she apparently lost control.

Investigators say the Taurus veered off the roadway and flipped. The  impact ejected Ms. Pareng from the wreckage, along with a 4-year-old passenger and a 3-year-old passenger.

Paramedics responded to the scene, but were unable to save Ms. Pareng. A male passenger, identified as her husband, was treated for lesser injuries along with the children.

The National Safety Council reports that traffic fatalities increased 5 percent in 2012. A recent study revealed 36,200 traffic deaths last year, up from 34,600 in 2011, the first increase in seven years.


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