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Coroner: Sun glare could have caused deadly Auburn crash

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AUBURN, Ala. - The late afternoon sun could be to blame for a deadly Auburn crash Sunday, Lee County Coroner Bill Harris says in a news release Monday.

At 5:13p ct, Mary Hunta Owens, 85, of Auburn, died instantly when the vehicle she was riding in was stuck on the passenger side by an SUV, the coroner says.. The driver of the vehicle, 93-year-old Joseph Yeager, also of Auburn, was taken my helicopter to the Midtown Medical Center in Columbus.

The driver of the SUV that struck the Yeager vehicle refused medical treatment at the scene. The driver of a third vehicle involved was not injured.

"The late afternoon sun could have been a vision factor in the accident," Harris says in an e-mail to WRBL News 3. "Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor."
 
An autopsy is not planned. The accident remains under investigation by the Auburn Police and the Lee County Coroner.

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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