Accident victim identified |

Accident victim identified

Investigators released the name of the woman killed in a fiery crash last week on U.S. Highway 50, east of St. Pauli’s Inn.

Dorothy Poe, 74, of Diamond Springs, Calif., was traveling east around 5:15 a.m. on July 7, when she left the highway. California Highway Patrol investigators estimated Poe was driving her 1989 Honda Accord at a high rate of speed because of the distance traveled from the highway. The car sheared one tree and continued down an embankment before hitting an oak tree and bursting into flames.

Poe’s remains were badly burned in the crash, making identification difficult. Investigators said due to the condition of the body it was impossible to tell if Poe was suffering from any medical problem at the time of the accident.

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