HALIFAX (CBS/AP) – The woman police say was driving over 100 MPH before crashing into a tree early Saturday morning, has been identified.

Caitlin Ledwell, 26, of  Halifax was pronounced dead Saturday morning at Brockton Hospital.

Fire officials told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that the victim was driving at least 100 miles per hour down South Street around 12:20 a.m. when her SUV skidded and slammed into a tree.

The 2011 Nissan Rouge SUV was split in half by the impact, with a two-foot diameter tree trunk winding up in the center of the vehicle. The vehicle burst into flames on impact. No other vehicles were involved, police said.

According to Fire Chief William Carrico, nearby residents heard the crash, rushed out, and pulled the woman from the burning car before emergency responders arrived.

Police said they are continuing to investigate the crash.

Ledwell worked as a dance teacher at her mother’s dance studios in Halifax and Pembroke. She was senior class president at Silver Lake Regional High School in 2004.

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