San Tan Valley victim identified in fatal US 60 crash

A woman died after she was ejected from her car in a rollover crash that closed westbound U.S. Highway 60 in Mesa for nearly three hours on the morning of Tuesday Feb. 24, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

Rahea M. Herman, 20, of San Tan Valley was killed in the crash, Tim Case of DPS said.

The westbound lanes reopened about 9:45 a.m., an Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman said.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves said Ms. Herman’s death was confirmed and that an earlier DPS statement that she was alive March 10 was made as she was taken to a Chandler hospital before she was pronounced dead.

A Mesa Fire and Medical spokesman initially reported the woman had died.

Ms. Herman’s vehicle was one of three involved in the collision about 7 a.m. at Greenfield Road, Mr. Graves said.

Two vehicles sideswiped each other, causing the woman to lose control of her vehicle. It rolled and struck a concrete wall on the right side of the freeway, Mr. Graves said.

The crash closed three lanes of westbound U.S. 60 from Higley Road to Loop 202 during the heavy morning commute before all westbound traffic was re-routed.

No one else was injured.

Delays extended five miles to Loop 202, ADOT said.

No other information was available.

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Steve Stout writes for CBS 5 News

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