A 54-year-old woman has died and charges are pending against a 24-year-old man after a two-vehicle crash in east Ottawa early Sunday morning.

Paramedics were called to the scene at the intersection of Dunning and Beaton roads in Cumberland around 7:45 a.m.

Paramedics treated both victims upon arrival, but the 54-year-old female driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Her identity has not yet been released.

Ottawa firefighters extricated the male driver from his vehicle so he could be treated by paramedics.

He was taken to hospital with minor injuries, but has since been released into police custody. Police say speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the deadly crash.

Police say the man was driving an Infiniti east on Beaton Road when he failed to stop at the stop sign, entered the intersection and crashed into a Chrysler Sebring driven by the woman, who was going north on Dunning Road.

He nearly missed another vehicle before colliding with the Chrysler, police said.

The impact of the crash sent both cars into a ditch.

Road closures were set up around the intersection for more than five hours. The intersection re-opened shortly after 1:00 p.m.

Ottawa police are continuing their investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 2481 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.