Woman may have had med issue before crash

July 6, 2011 12:06:06 PM PDT
A Sonoma woman might have suffered a medical problem before she crashed her 2001 Mitsubishi Galant in unincorporated Sonoma County on Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Carolyn Dusharme, 81, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 9:50 a.m. crash near the intersection of Fifth Street West and Leveroni Road outside of Sonoma, CHP Officer Jaret Paulson said.

Dusharme drove south on Fifth Street West through a four-way stop and continued driving half a mile through the T-intersection at Leveroni Road, Paulson said.

The car went through a metal guardrail and into a field, missing two trees, Paulson said.

The Mitsubishi then dove nose first into a creek and flipped onto the driver's side, Paulson said.

Alcohol or drugs are not considered factors in the crash, Paulson said.