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MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file

A McAlester woman died Tuesday morning after she swerved to avoid a deer on a state highway, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Lacey Hill, 36, was driving east on Oklahoma 31 outside Haywood when she avoided the animal and instead struck a 4-foot-deep ditch, troopers reported.

Hill was pronounced dead on scene, and her passenger, a juvenile female, was taken to a hospital. She was determined not to be injured, according to the report.

The girl was wearing her seat belt, but Hill was not, the report states.

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