An 81-year-old Baltimore woman died Sunday afternoon after being involved in a car accident in Anne Arundel County, police said.

Catherine Mary Guthrie, of the 1700 block of South Hanover Street in South Baltimore, was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the 2006 Pontiac G6 she was a passenger in struck a tree in Pasadena about 1:15 p.m., police said.

An initial investigation showed the vehicle, being driven by Gloria Ann Guthrie, 47, of the same South Baltimore address, was traveling east in the 7400 block of Fort Smallwood Road when it "left the roadway for unknown reasons," police said.

Emergency responders found both women injured, with Catherine Guthrie trapped in the vehicle, police said.

Gloria Guthrie, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital's trauma center, police said.

Police did not say what the relationship was between the two women.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing, but alcohol and excessive speed are not believed to be factors in the crash, police said.

Severe thunderstorms were dumping heavy rains across the county about the time of the accident.

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