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Tree falls on car, killing driver who was a longtime Johns Hopkins employee

A longtime Johns Hopkins University employee is dead after a tree fell on her car in Baltimore County Wednesday morning.

The Baltimore County Department of Public Safety said Rebecca Lowery, 52, of Joppa was driving a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser south on Falls Road around 9 a.m. Wednesday when the tree fell. The vehicle continued southward a short distance before coming to rest.

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Lowery, who was the only person in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lowery was the executive director for operations at the development and alumni relations office at Hopkins and had been with school for 15 years. She previously worked as administrator in the School of Medicine for about 15 years, a university spokesman said.

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"Rebecca Lowery was a valued staff member and exceptional leader at Johns Hopkins for nearly 30 years. She was a colleague and friend to many all across the university. Her accomplishments live on, as will the personal impact she had on so many of us. We mourn her tragic loss and hold her husband, family and friends in our hearts," school officials said in a statement.

The crash, amid a rainy commute, closed a section of the Falls Road between Ruxton and Old Pimlico roads.

Baltimore Sun reporters Joe Burris and Jessica Anderson contributed to this article.

An earlier version of this article misspelled Rebecca Lowery's name, due to incorrect information provided by police. The Sun regrets the error.

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