Woman, 81, dies after crash in Tempe

Woman, 81, dies after crash in Tempe

Woman, 81, dies after crash in Tempe

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 11:53 AM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police say an 81-year-old woman involved in a car crash Friday night has died.

Elfriede E. Cockrell, of Tempe, was reportedly driving a Geo Metro east on Southern Avenue about 9:15 p.m. when she failed to stop for a red light at 48th Street. She collided with a Chevrolet Suburban, which was traveling south on 48th Street, according to Tempe Police Sgt. Steve Carbajal.

Initially, her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, and she was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment, Carbajal said. Her condition took a turn and she was pronounced dead at the hospital later that night.

The occupants of the Suburban did not report any injuries.

Police do not believe impairment was a factor in the crash.

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