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Woman killed, daughter injured when car drifts into oncoming traffic, deputies say

A woman is dead after authorities said she drifted into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle head-on in Fort Bend County.
A woman is dead after authorities said she drifted into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle head-on in Fort Bend County. (KPRC 2)

FRESNO, Texas – A woman is dead after authorities said she drifted into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle head-on in Fort Bend County.

The crash happened around 8:20 p.m. Thursday on FM 2234 near FM 521 in Fresno, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the woman was driving east on FM 2234 with a 9-year-old child in the back when she drifted into oncoming traffic in the westbound lanes and crashed head-on with an oncoming vehicle.

The woman -- identified as Lauren Terese Steptoe -- was pronounced dead at the scene. The child, identified as her daughter, and the other driver were transported to a hospital, authorities said.

According to the FBCSO, the child is OK and remains at the hospital with her father. The driver of the second vehicle is being treated for serious injuries, deputies said.

Deputies said they do not believe alcohol played a role in the crash, but they are still working to rule the possibility out.

The relationship between the woman and child is still unclear.


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