Baton Rouge woman dies in crash on Tara Boulevard

A 57-year-old Baton Rouge woman died Monday when her vehicle struck a pine tree after crossing a median in the 900 block of Tara Boulevard shortly before 3:40 p.m.

Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. identified the victim as Patti Magee Reed, 8011 C Summa Ave.

Coppola said while the investigation is ongoing, detectives believe the crash occurred after Reed failed to stay on the road as her car rounded a curve, jumped a curb, ran over the median and through the other lane before hitting the tree.

Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor and the cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy, Coppola said.