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Woman, 22, dies after rollover crash on Lummi Reservation

Corina Jones, 22, crashed a white Mitsubishi Eclipse on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, off Haxton Road on the Lummi Reservation.
Corina Jones, 22, crashed a white Mitsubishi Eclipse on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, off Haxton Road on the Lummi Reservation. The Bellingham Herald

A Bellingham woman died within hours of a rollover crash Monday, Jan. 25, on the Lummi Reservation.

Corina Marie Jones, 22, crashed a white Mitsubishi Eclipse as she tried to pass another car over a double-yellow center line on Haxton Way around 1:45 p.m. Monday, according to the Washington State Patrol.

She over-corrected to the right as she got back into the right lane, state troopers said. The southbound car rolled several times, past a steep muddy ditch, into a grove of tall trees on the west side of the road.

The Eclipse left a trail of debris — a bumper, a license plate — before coming to rest on its roof in thick brush, about 600 feet north of Boynton Road.

Jones was ejected from the car. She had not been wearing a seat belt, said state patrol Sgt. Mark Francis. Police performed CPR and got a pulse. An ambulance rushed her to St. Joseph hospital.

Jones died Monday night, Francis said.

An autopsy the next morning found she suffered head trauma that proved fatal, said Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel.

Toxicology tests are pending. Often those tests take six to eight weeks to complete.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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