NORTH STONINGTON — A Voluntown woman suffered fatal injuries Saturday evening when she collided head-on with a Jeep along Pendleton Hill Road.
Connecticut State Police said Monday that the woman, Mindy Jones, 34, was taken to Westerly Hospital with serious injuries. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital, the police said.
The driver of the Jeep, 53-year-old Danielson resident Kathleen A. Laflamme, was also taken to Westerly Hospital with what was described as minor injuries. She is expected to make a full recovery, officials said.
Connecticut troopers, volunteers with the North Stonington Fire Department and personnel with both the North Stonington Ambulance Association and Ashaway Ambulance Association were called to the area of 567 Pendleton Hill Road (Route 49), around 4 p.m. The crash caused significant damage to both vehicles, the police said, and Jones was unresponsive when emergency officials arrived.
An investigation determined that Jones was driving south along Route 49, just north of the intersection with Puttker and Grindstone Hill roads, when her 2007 Toyota Camry collided with Laflamme's 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee as she was driving north. The head-on collision occurred in the northbound lane, a police report indicated.
The state police said Jones was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Laflamme did have her seat belt on, the report said.
Police and fire officials closed a portion of the road for several hours, with detours set up locally, in order to respond. The road was reopened Saturday night once an accident reconstruction team with the Connecticut State Police completed its on-scene investigation, officials said.
The cause of the crash has not been determined, the police said, and the investigation is ongoing.