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Valdosta woman dies when car overturns, strikes tree

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Posted at 3:40 AM, Jan 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-12 02:51:53-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - A Valdosta woman died when her car overturned and struck a tree Thursday evening, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Karen Lynne Root, 62, was traveling south on Rocky Ford Road about 3:25 p.m. Thursday when her car traveled off the west shoulder of the roadway and entered the west ditch. Overturning, the car hit a tree. 

Root was pronounced dead on the scene by the Lowndes County coroner.

Troopers suspect alcohol to be a contributing factor in the collision and are awaiting a toxicology report, a GSP news release said, and also suspect distraction by an electronic cellular device. 

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