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UPDATE: Chilliwack woman killed after hitting a tree

Traffic east of Chilliwack was shut down late Monday afternoon as emergency responders attended a single-vehicle crash on Yale Road that claimed the life of an 83-year-old Chilliwack woman.

Doris Lovejoy was the lone occupant in a green 1994 Toyota Camry that left the road and slammed into a tree in 49600 block of Yale Road.

Her small Shih Tzu dog Smudgie was injured in the crash, but is recovering.

RCMP say the cause of death will be determined by autopsy.

RCMP acknowledged the immediate actions of the passing motorists who assisted in suppressing a fire which had ignited in the engine bay shortly after impact.  The passing motorists also removed and secured the injured dog until animal control arrived.

jfeinberg@theprogress.com

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