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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.


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

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