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New Jersey woman dies in car wreck last week

A 72-year-old visitor from New Jersey died on Nov. 27 when the car she was riding in slid off of the road and into the ditch.

Lamerne Drace, of Franklin, N.J., died at the scene of the wreck on Dale Road, just west of the Highway 224 junction near Eagle Creek at approximately 11:50 a.m.

Doris J. Christensen, 62, of Estacada, was driving the 1991 Jeep Cherokee westbound on Dale Road when she lost control of her vehicle and slid off the roadway into the ditch. Christensen was taken to Oregon Health Science University Hospital in Portland with minor injuries.

The crash is still under investigation. Poor weather may have contributed to the wreck, according to the Oregon State Police.