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Lenox Township — A Sterling Heights woman is dead and a woman was injured after a crash Thursday afternoon on Gratiot, south of 29 Mile.

Mariam Dawood, 45, died after losing control of her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt while traveling northbound on Gratiot. Her vehicle collided with a 2005 Cadillac traveling southbound, according to witnesses. The driver of the Cadillac, a 68-year-old woman from Macomb Township, was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s office said deputies were dispatched to the area after the apparent broadside crash that left the two vehicles heavily damaged just after 4:30 p.m. Both drivers were taken to an area hospital. Dawood later died at the hospital.

Ignition switch issues did not appear to contribute to Dawood losing control of the Cobalt, said Lt. John Michalke.

“There were a couple of witnesses who observed her in the process of overtaking a car prior to the crash,” he said. “It appears as though her car got sideways as a result of this passing maneuver that she was executing.”

GM has recalled 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Ion and other cars for defective ignition switches. The General Motors Co. ignition switch compensation fund has approved 29 death claims for people killed as a result of defective ignition switches in since-recalled cars.

Dawood was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash, according to police. Air bags were deployed on the Cadillac, but it was unclear if they deployed on the Cobalt.

HFournier@detroitnews.com

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