Kate Alderson, 28, North-west staff correspondent of The Times, was involved in a crash with another car near the scene of the helicopter tragedy in Cheshire.
Police said she died in Leighton Hospital, Crewe, 90 minutes after the accident.
The driver of the other car involved, from Sandbach, Cheshire, was being treated at the same hospital with head injuries.
James MacManus, managing editor of The Times, said Ms Alderson, from Co Durham, had been on the paper for four years.
"She graduated from Manchester University and knew the area well. She had a glittering career in front of her, she was very popular with everyone here, and we are all in shock."
A spokeswoman for Cheshire police said the accident happened on the A530 near Northwich at 10am.Reuse content