UPDATE - 2 hospitalized after two-car crash

Cary Ashby • Dec 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM

A local driver who was trapped in her car was charged with failure to yield in connection with a two-vehicle crash Friday.

Karen L. Hartman, 68, of 112A Old State Road, was cited in the collision with the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Kaitlyn N. Winebrenner, 20, of 1056 Peru Olena Road. The accident happened at 12:18 p.m. at the intersection of Gallup Avenue and North Old State Road.

Before the collision, Hartman was turning left from Gallup onto North Old State. Winebrenner was southbound on Old State approaching Gallup.

Hartman turned into the path of Winebrenner and hit her driver's side door, according to the report by Norwalk Police Capt. Mike Conney. Police reported Hartman was going 10 mph and Winebrenner was clocked at 30 mph.

The traffic on Gallup is required to stop at the North Old State Road intersection, but the other traffic isn't.

Norwalk firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate Hartman from her 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, which sustained disabling damage to the left side. Lt. Brett Beers estimated it took about five minutes to get her out of the car.

"We just popped the door with the spreaders," he said.

North Central EMS transported Hartman to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with an apparent left hip injury. A hospital spokeswoman said she was listed in stable condition Sunday.

"She was very fortunate," Conney said.

Winebrenner's father took her to Fisher-Titus with possible injuries. A hospital spokeswoman said Winebrenner was treated for minor injuries and released.

The Cobalt she was driving had disabling damage to the left side. Whites Automotive Services towed both cars from the scene.

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