A Westminster woman killed after her car ran into a tree Thursday in Howard County may have experienced a medical emergency while driving, police said.
Doris Lee Johnson, 82, of Westminster, was headed northeast on Marriottsville Road near Driver Road at approximately 5:11 p.m. Thursday when her 2009 Toyota RAV4 left the road and hit a tree, causing the vehicle to turn onto its side, according to police.
Preliminary investigation indicates that Johnson may have experienced a medical emergency just before losing control of her vehicle, the Howard County Police Department reported Friday. Police said that neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be a factor, and Johnson was wearing her seatbelt.
As investigators and first responders cleared the scene, Marriottsville Road was closed near the crash site until 6:30 p.m., according to the report.
Police said the crash remains under investigation.