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Medical emergency likely cause of fatal accident

By Jordan Ormond | Posted - Mar. 14, 2012 at 9:00 p.m.


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ROY — An 87-year-old woman died Wednesday after police believe she suffered a medical emergency and crashed her car into a telephone pole.

Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham said the woman was near 4800 South 1800 West when she lost consciousness, and her car drifted off the road and into the pole.

"There wasn't an indication of a lot of speed involved, but there was no stopping prior to hitting the pole," Whinham said.

He said the woman's great-grandson, who was in the car, has very helpful to investigators.

"(It's) helpful to us in understanding what happened, but it also impacted him in a way that both he has some physical and emotional injuries," Whinham said.

The boy, believed to be about 10 years old, was taken to the hospital with minor injures.

Whinham said police won't know for sure what caused the woman's death until an autopsy is performed. Her name has not yet been released.

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