Driver killed in crash north of Ellensburg identified as 75-year-old woman

Driver killed in crash north of Ellensburg identified as 75-year-old woman
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KITTITAS CO., Wash. – A 75-year-old driver died in a crash involving a semi-truck on State Route 97 north of Ellensburg Wednesday.

At about 9:45 a.m., troopers say Barbara Lott of Fife, Washington was about a mile south of Blewett Summit when she crossed into the northbound lane while driving southbound on the highway.

A northbound driver, later identified as 61-year-old Robert Dernay of White Lake, Michigan, swerved to avoid Lott’s 2016 Volkswagen Beetle and hit a semi-truck.

Lott’s Volkswagen struck Dernay’s 2018 Nissan Murano and went into a ditch. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Nissan and the semi-truck were left blocking the northbound lanes, temporarily shutting down the highway.

Dernay was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. His condition was not immediately available.

All three drivers were wearing a seatbelt. No citations were issued as a result of the crash.

This marks the second fatal crash on a Kittitas County highway in two days.

On Tuesday, a motorcyclist died in a crash on Interstate 90 about 10 miles west of Vantage.

This is a developing story.