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Woman accused of using drugs, causing fatal crash

PHOENIX — Authorities say a woman is facing manslaughter and drug-related charges after she allegedly ran a red light, causing a fatal crash on a Phoenix highway.

Charging documents show 25-year-old Sarah Ashleigh Ramos was booked into Maricopa County Jail after the accident Thursday morning on eastbound U.S. 60 at the intersection with 99th Avenue.

Authorities say Ramos hit a vehicle being driven by 51-year-old Christine Gearhart, who did not survive.

Police say Ramos, while being extricated from her car, tried to retrieve something from under her seat.

Investigators found a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine.

Ramos, of Glendale, was arrested on one count each of manslaughter and drug paraphernalia possession.

Police are awaiting test results of blood taken from Ramos.

It was not known if she had a lawyer.


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