Police have today named the victim of Northamptonshire’s first fatal road crash of the year as 79-year-old Mary Rouse.
Mrs Rouse, of Greatworth, died after her car crashed into a tree on a country lane near Farthinghoe on Saturday.
A force spokesman said: “Police are now in a position to name the lady who died in a road traffic collision on Cockley Road, Farthinghoe, on Saturday, January 5.
“She was Mary Rouse, aged 79, of Helmdon Road, Greatworth.
“She was driving a red Suzuki Jimny from Farthinghoe towards Marston St Lawrence, when for reasons yet unknown, left the road and was in collision with a tree.
“Officers would still like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have any information regarding it.”
Her death comes after 36 people died on the county’s roads in 2012, an increase of around 90 per cent on 2011.
Anyone with information about the crash can call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.