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Police identify Columbia woman, 42, killed in crash

Michele Lorenz, a 42-year-old Columbia woman, died in a car accident in Columbia on Monday night after her truck collided with a tree, according to Howard County police.

Police responded to the 5600 block of High Tor Hill about 9:30 p.m. for a report that a truck had crashed, police said.

Police said based on an initial investigation, they believe the woman was alone, driving a 1999 Dodge Dakota south on the road when the truck left the roadway and struck the tree.

Police believe speed and failure to drive within a single lane contributed to the crash. Lorenz was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, police said.

Lorenz was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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