Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm
State Police investigators are still uncertain about what caused a car heading westbound on North Byron Road this afternoon to go off the south shoulder and strike a tree on the driver's side.
Impact was right at the driver's seat and the car wrapped around the tree nearly to the point of the passenger's seat.
The driver, Linda Brown, 67, of Elba, was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Robert Yungfleisch.
The accident occurred about a half mile east of Log City Road, Elba.
Trooper John Szymkowiak was first on the scene and said he checked Brown's vitals and did not detect a pulse. He requested Mercy Flight be dispatched to the scene.
An Elba medic arrived minutes later and the medic was also unable to detect a pulse and other vital signs were negative. Mercy Flight was canceled at that point.
The initial call to 9-1-1 was at about 3:50 p.m. by another westbound driver who came over the top of a hill, just east of the accident location, and saw the car strike the tree.
The witness did not see enough prior to impact to help provide information on what caused Brown's car to go off the road.
Szymkowiak said it appeared Brown started to go off the road about 100 feet prior to impact with the tree and there were some signs of braking on the road surface.
"The cause is still under investigation," Szymkowiak said. "It could have been a medical issue. It could have been a deer in the roadway. We are looking at several things right now."
An autopsy will be completed to try and determine if the cause was medical.
Updated at 8:29 p.m.
UPDATE: WBTA's Geoff Redick has video posted.