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Mother of crash victim provides update on daughter’s condition; Emergency staff say woman initially found cold

Roswell Fire Department Battalion Chief Heath Metcalf helps an ambulance transporting a woman found on the road back up on North Union Avenue Wednesday night. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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A Roswell woman found lying on the road Wednesday night remained in critical care at an out-of-state hospital as of Monday afternoon.

Before 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Roswell Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services were dispatched south of Country Club Road and North Montana Avenue in reference to a woman reportedly lying on the road.

The person who reported the incident occurring along North Union Avenue added that a vehicle was nearby the woman.

The Roswell Police Department arrived to investigate the scene shortly after firefighters and Emergency Medical Services had left, where they said the scene appeared to be a single-vehicle incident.

Officer Scott Oldani of the Roswell Police Department responded to the call around 8:04 p.m.

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According to a crash report by the RPD, Oldani was advised that the 34-year-old woman, the possible driver of the vehicle, had been ejected from the vehicle.

Debris scattered around the area included the vehicle’s hubcaps, left rear window and a headlamp.

According to the report, the hood of the vehicle had sustained heavy damage, especially on the driver’s side. The windshield to the vehicle was cracked, and the driver-side airbag was deployed.

The passenger-side door was bent out of place and unable to be closed.

“I checked the driver’s seatbelt and found that it was not locked in place,” the officer wrote. “There was slack in the seatbelt.”

While the tires on the left side of the vehicle did not appear to be damaged, both tires on the right were flat and had been pushed inward toward the vehicle, exposing the rims.

Oldani had also measured skid marks and tire tracks in the dirt to determine in the cause of the rollover.

“Based on what I observed at the scene and measurements I collected, I believe (the vehicle) was traveling northbound on Union towards Country Club,” he said. “I believe (the vehicle) was traveling faster than the posted speed of 35 mph.”

The RPD officer stated in the report that he believes the driver had lost control of the vehicle, causing it to spin and roll over at least one time.

Oldani was unable to speak to the 34-year-old due to her condition, and had learned from emergency room staff that the woman had been transported to an out-of-state hospital later Wednesday night for further treatment of her injuries.

“I also learned from emergency room staff that (the victim) was cold when she arrived at the hospital, which leads me to believe that the accident may have occurred some time prior to when the initial call was received by dispatch,” Oldani wrote.

On Friday, two days after the crash, the mother of the victim told the Daily Record her daughter was on life support. The injuries she had sustained from the rollover included a lacerated liver and pancreas, and broken ribs all along her right side.

By Monday afternoon, the mother of the 34-year-old woman said her daughter was unable to talk, but able to communicate by writing on paper.

“She told me that someone ran her off the road that night – that is why the car rolled,” the mother said. “She is having nightmares, but other than that, she is getting better day by day.”

The mother said she appreciates the thoughts and prayers she has received from the community.

“My daughter was saved by the angels up in heaven – I thank God for not taking her from me,” she said. “And again, thank you for all the prayers.”

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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