Car 'vaulted' before hitting pole, flipping

FULL STORY: Police determined the 2004 Ford Focus that crashed Wednesday on Old State Road south of Woodlawn Avenue "vaulted into the air" before hitting a utility pole and flipping end over end.
Cary Ashby
Nov 12, 2010

FULL STORY: Police determined the 2004 Ford Focus that crashed Wednesday on Old State Road south of Woodlawn Avenue "vaulted into the air" before hitting a utility pole and flipping end over end.

Loretta L. Harp, 44, of 234 Concord Court, hasn't been cited, but Norwalk Police Officer Seth Fry's report indicates the contributing circumstance was failure to control. She told Fry she was going 35 mph while traveling north in the 35 mph zone.

Capt. Mike Conney, when asked at the scene if speed was a factor, said police "don't know for sure at this point" if Harp had her "attention diverted from the roadway" or if there was a medical issue.

Sgt. Tom Cook said Thursday night he's not aware if there's been a determination made if Harp was having a medical issue before the crash. The incident happened at 10:21 a.m. Wednesday across from Veterans Memorial Lake Park.

 

(NOTE - Pictures of the accident can be seen HERE.)

"Everything we get will be forwarded to the law director. He'll make a decision to charge or not charge," Cook said.

The car first went off the left side and hit a guy wire before going airborne, police said. The four-door car, after it hit the pole and flipped end over end, landed on the driver's side.

The air bags didn't deploy, but Harp was wearing her seat belt. She was the only occupant.

It took two Norwalk firefighters between eight and 10 minutes to extricate Harp from the badly damaged car. Capt. Bill Knadler and firefighter Brett Beers had to cut the top and dashboard off the car to get to her.

"In the ambulance, she was complaining of some pain in her leg. We're not sure what could have caused it," Conney said Wednesday. "She had her seat belt on; there's no doubt about that."

Harp sustained what Knadler said appeared to be a deep abrasion across her upper chest.

North Central EMS transported Harp to Fisher-Titus Medical Center with what police say are minor injuries.

The front part of the small car was mangled, particularly the engine compartment. The utility pole off the left side of Old State Road was in at least three pieces. The crash brought down several wires.

Drugs and alcohol aren't suspected, police said.

Comments

sberendt1

Glad I wasn't on the road when that happened.

kURT

For safety, re-test senior drivers.

rogerthat

LOL yup 44 is getting up there.

Snoozer

Have you driven a Ford lately

hit the road jack

35 MPH on flat ground and sheared pole off? I doubt it! somebody is full of $hit here! the front of this car is gone, totally destroyed,come on lady,better practice telling lies before you get away with this one.

bdriver119

you call 44 a senior ? think again sweetheart before you speak,you must be a baby yet to think that they(we) need retested.I"m in the 40 bracket and drive kids around all day for a living,my question to you is are your kids safe with me because I"m a "senior driver" according to you.

sandijunebug

you younger generation have no respect for yourselves or the older generation. you have no reguard to rules or regulations..you just drive...no seat belts, text and talk on the phone..you run red lights, stops signs, speed and never ever signal when changing lanes or anything..so grow up and retake your drivers test or at least read the manual..and first of all 44 isn't old...

kURT

Full story wasn't printed when I made my statement.
Thanks roger for giving me the age.
btw I'm overv 40
+ 3score & ten = 70. Average age of humans according 2 the GB.
Also for safety , still re-test senior drivers.
Woman driver?

iamrevolutionary

Full story STILL not printed!!! WTH?! WHY ARE my REQUESTS for the REST of the story DELETED?! Everyone ELSE seems to be fair game in this paper!! WHY not this woman?! Related to staffer or cop maybe?? The favoritism in this "news paper" is too OBVIOUS!

WHAT CAUSED A VEHICLE IN A 35 MPH ZONE TO SHEAR A POLE IN 3 PLACES AND DESTROY A VEHICLE AFTER ROLLING??!! Inquiring minds want to know!