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.