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Hillsboro woman dies in head-on crash near Cornelius

UPDATE: Victim identified as Maria Lara Martinez, 22


Photo Credit: WASHINGTON COUNY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - The scene of a fatal crash Sunday near Cornelius.A woman was killed and two other people were injured in a head-on crash in Washington County around noon Sunday.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim as Hillsboro resident Maria Lara Martinez, 22.

Two Cornelius residents in the other vehicle were hospitalized. That are the driver, Adam Buchalski, 63, and his passenger, Paulina Lea, 51. Their conditions were not immediately released.

According to the sheriff's office, Martinez was driving her 1999 Honda southbound on Southwest Susbauer Road when she was struck head-on by a 2006 Mercedes Benz ML500 SUV driven by Buchalski of Cornelius. He was traveling northbound in the southbound lane while passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone.

The Washington County Crash Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene to investigate the crash. CART will continue to investigate this incident to determine if there are any criminal factors that contributed to Ms. Martinez' death. No one has been charged at this time.

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