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Woman Killed in Spring Valley Crash ID'd

The woman killed in a  head-on crash in Spring Valley Sunday has been identified as 67-year-old Clementine Scott James of Spring Valley, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner's office. 

James and her husband were driving a Toyota Camry on Jamacha Boulevard near State Route 94 just after 12:30 p.m. when they collided with a GMC Terrain SUV, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers said. 

The driver of the SUV was heading north when he crossed the center line, coming around a turn about a half mile south of Campo Road, CHP officers said. 

A witness said the driver tried to switch back into his own lane when he crashed head-on into the Camry.

Drivers passing by stopped to help pull the people out of the car through the window, officials said. Eventually, James and her husband were extricated from the car by first responders. 

James went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital, officers said. It was there she was pronounced dead, CHP officers said.  

“Any holiday when you have a lot of people out with free time, there's always that potential [to get into a crash],” Sgt. Steven Toth with CHP told NBC 7.

James' husband suffered minor cuts. The driver of the SUV had a fractured leg and other minor injuries.

Officers are investigating why the driver crossed into oncoming traffic.

James was wearing a seat belt, CHP officers said.

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