Gypsy R. Lawson, 31, of Northport died after her truck went off the road four miles south of Northport on state Route 25.
According to the Washington State Patrol, Lawson was alone and traveling southbound in her 1986 Nissan pickup when she left the roadway to the right on a curve to the left. The vehicle apparently rolled over and struck some trees around midnight – she was found dead at the scene shortly before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1.
The Spokesman-Review reported that in December 2008, Lawson and her mother were convicted by a federal jury of smuggling a young rhesus macaque monkey from Thailand to Spokane in 2007. She hid the monkey under her blouse and pretended to be pregnant while passing through U.S. customs.
Lawson was reportedly sentenced to 60 days in federal prison followed by three years of probation. Documents filed court alleged that Lawson had failed to pay anything toward her $4,507 fine since August 2011 and had not found a job as required. She also failed to complete any of her required 88 hours of community service and a probation revocation hearing was scheduled for Sept. 13.