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Woman hurt in Arizona crash with suicidal driver dies

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in the Arizona town of Sedona say a fourth person has died after a crash caused by a driver who fatally shot himself behind the wheel.

Sedona police say 29-year-old Swapna Ponnambalam (SWAHP’-nah poh-NAHM’-bah-LAHM’), of Phoenix, died Tuesday at Flagstaff Medical Center.

Ponnambalam, her husband and her mother were traveling on state Route 89A Sunday when a car driven by 48-year-old Ross “Scott” Willoughby crossed the center line.

Willoughby’s Jeep Cherokee struck the family’s Toyota Prius head-on.

The Coconino County medical examiner determined Willoughby died when he shot himself before the crash.

Police say 33-year-old Moorthy Somashundarum (MOR’-thee SOH’-mah-suhn-DRAH’-mah) and 66-year-old Bhuvaneswari Ponnambalam (bhoo-vuh-nays-vuh-ree poh-NAHM’-bah-LAHM’) died at the scene. The mother was a resident of India.

Authorities had been searching for Willoughby at the time of the crash because of reports he was suicidal.

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This story has been corrected to show the spelling of the oldest victim’s last name is Ponnambalam, not Ponnanbalam.

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