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Police ID woman who died after a van crashed into store

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Van crashes into midtown Tucson convenience store, fatally injuring a woman inside the store. Van crashes into midtown Tucson convenience store, fatally injuring a woman inside the store.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A woman who was injured when a vehicle crashed into a Midtown convenience store has died, police say.

Debra Newton, 58, was inside the store when she was struck by a concrete garbage can that was knocked into the store by the vehicle before it hit the store.

The crash happened around 10 a.m. Sunday near East Speedway and North Columbus boulevards.

Police say Hassan Madex, 52, was traveling east on Speedway and ran a red light. Witnesses told police that Madex's car collided with another vehicle that was northbound on Columbus, then continued into a 7-11 store on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Madex was cited for causing serious injury or death by a moving violation.

"I tried to stop because I saw him coming but I was too far into the intersection to be able to safely stop," said Marni Russell, of Corona de Tucson, who was involved in the collision. "He hit my car and I saw him fly into the building."

The owner of 7-11 tells Tucson News Now the store will be closed for a few days.

No one else was injured in the accident.

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