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Woman has medical incident before driving car into pole

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Members of the Roswell Fire Department stay nearby the scene of a car crash Friday morning while investigators arrive to document the incident. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

A 67-year-old woman was taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center after striking a light pole and careening into oncoming traffic Friday morning.

The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. near the Wal-Mart entrance, in the 4500 block of North Main Street.
The Roswell Police Department investigated the single-vehicle accident shorty after the collision.
RPD’s public information officer Todd Wildermuth said the incident is believed to have been caused by a medical issue involving the driver. The woman driving the Mercury Sable was the only person in the vehicle.
“Investigators believe the woman’s medical issue had already begun (while driving),” Wildermuth said. “The car was exceeding the 45-mph speed limit as it traveled north when it struck a light pole in the median adjacent to the left-turn lane into the Wal-Mart entrance.”
Wildermuth said the light pole was knocked over, into the street.
“The woman continued driving the car northbound, but now in the southbound lanes of North Main Street,” he said. “A short distance later, still in the same block, the car drove up a small hill of an embankment on the west side of Main Street and entered a parking lot between Panda Express and the Sprint store. The car struck a cement pillar, causing the car to spin and come to rest, still on its wheels.”
Emergency medical personnel described the woman’s injuries as moderate, he said.
“She was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries from the crash, as well as treatment for her medical issue.”
No pedestrians or other vehicles were struck by the woman’s car during the incident. Traffic moving south within that area of Main Street was temporarily diverted to remove the toppled light pole and clear glass and other debris on the roadway.
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.