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Early morning accident claims life of Superior woman, sends Claypool resident to the hospital

The Superior Sun of Superior, Arizona

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A Superior woman was killed Wednesday, Jan. 11, after a head on collision near the Arboretum.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Stephanie Rachelle Ward, 19, Superior, was traveling westbound on US 60 in a Chevrolet SUV at 6:20 a.m. when it veered off the road to the right. The SUV reentered the road spinning counterclockwise. Ward's vehicle crossed the center line into the eastbound lane of US 60. The vehicle was facing the wrong way on US 60 when it was struck head on by a Chrysler sedan driven by Desiree Darlene Philpot of Claypool. The SUV slid backward down a 10-foot embankment and the Chrysler came to rest in the center of US 60 facing south. Ward was pronounced dead at the scene.

Philpot was transported, treated and released from Scottsdale Osborne Hospital.

Original Publication Date: January 18, 2012

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