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Deputies: Distracted driving caused deadly crash

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 21:37:45-05

A suspected distracted driver is accused of triggering a deadly collision in the Chautauqua County Town of Ellicott.

Crews were called to the scene on Harris Hill Road around 1:40 Tuesday afternoon. 

Sheriff's deputies say 40-year-old Kerry Jo Mitchener of Falconer admitted she was reaching for an item when she veered into the oncoming lane and collided with Jill Hamrick's car.

Deputies say 35-year-old Hamrick of Gerry was rushed to WCA Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Mitchener is charged with failure to keep right. She's due back in Ellicott Court at a later date.