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This story was updated at 11:40 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2012.

A two-vehicle crash Monday morning in Germantown that resulted in the death of a Clarksburg woman was “storm related” based on preliminary information, according to Dr. David Fowler, the state’s chief medical examiner.

The information as of Tuesday morning said that one of the cars hydroplaned and lost control, indicating the accident would not have happened “but for the storm,” Fowler said.

He added that further information could change the ruling.

Capt. Paul Starks, a county police spokesman, said, however, that it is still unknown what caused the car to cross the roadway’s double yellow center line.

Mai Ai Lam-Phan, 66, of the 12900 block of Benton Park Circle was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision at the intersection of Frederick Road and Brink Road, according to Montgomery County police.

She was traveling north on Frederick Road in a maroon 2003 Jaguar sedan when she was struck by a gray 2005 Nissan Pathfinder traveling south, Officer Janelle Smith, a county police spokeswoman, confirmed.

The Nissan’s driver, Joshua Jose Munoz, 19, and passenger, Caleb Emiliano Munoz, 16, both of the 18100 block of Coachmans Road in Germantown, were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The two Nissan occupants are brothers, Starks said.

Police say the Nissan struck the Jaguar after it crossed the double yellow center line, and the collision is still under investigation.

Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620. Callers may remain anonymous.

lpowers@gazette.net