East Alabama woman killed in 4th of July accident

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LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) –  A Smiths Station woman is dead after a 4th of July crash in rural Lee County. Officials say it was 14 hours before her car was found on the side of the road.

According to Alabama State Troopers, 25-year-old Donna Ennis was driving on Lee County Road 240 early Sunday morning around 2 AM central time when, for some reason, her Ford Escape left the road and hit a tree.

The crash happened about two miles from Highway 169 and 8 miles west of Smiths Station, AL where Ennis is from.

Troopers say a passing motorist spotted Ennis' car in the woods on the side of the road around 10 AM Sunday. When the passerby drove by the SUV again later in the afternoon and noticed it was in the same spot, they called police. The call to troopers came in at 4 PM central time, 14 hours after the crash.

Ennis was found dead inside her car from multiple blunt force injuries to her head and chest.

Authorities believe she was killed instantly after her car struck several small trees on the side of the road and slammed into one big tree.

As to what caused Donna Ennis to leave the road, that is still under investigation by Alabama State Troopers and Lee County authorities.

Family members had no comment for WTVM Monday.

They are in the process of planning her funeral.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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