RP woman dies after crashing car on Snyder
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By Dave Williams  August 23, 2013 12:00 am

A Rohnert Park woman died on Saturday, Aug. 17, two days after her vehicle crashed on Snyder Lane in Rohnert Park, authorities from the RP Dept. of Public Safety said.

Betty Troutman, 61, was driving northbound on Snyder Lane in Rohnert Park at approximately 9 a.m. when authorities believe she suffered a medical emergency which caused her to lose control of her Toyota Tundra and crash into a light pole, a fire hydrant and a tree. 

Troutman was in cardiac and respiratory arrest when Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety officers arrived on the scene. 

Officers performed CPR on Troutman and also used a defibrillator on her, which got her pulse back. She was then transported to Memorial, where she was treated for injuries endured in the collision and her underlying medical condition.

RPDPS Sgt. Aaron Johnson said  an autopsy performed on Troutman didn’t determine whether she died of her injuries or her medical complications. More laboratory testing as well as medical history is needed to make a certain determination. 

The collision investigation will remain ongoing until such determination is made.

According to a witness who was behind her vehicle, Troutman’s vehicle drifted to the left side of the roadway, crossing the double turn lane and on coming lanes, ultimately going up on the curb and hitting a light pole, fire hydrant and then a large tree. 

A passenger, Troutman’s 19-year-old grandson Jason Lee, was able to get out of the vehicle after the collision. The fire hydrant was severed and landed more than 50 feet away from the vehicle.

“Our condolences go out to the family and especially her grandson who was by her side throughout  the collision,” Johnson said. “He is a brave young man for trying to rescue his grandmother.”

Lee was also transported to Memorial hospital, where he was treated for facial trauma and released. Both Lee and Troutman were wearing seatbelts, which was a contributing factor to the minimal visible injuries on both the driver and Lee. 

Snyder Lane was closed for approximately 1.5 hours while officials from RPDPS completed their investigation. Johnson said the timing of this accident prevented an even bigger tragedy.

“Had this been one week later, this could have been horrendous. There are usually a lot of kids on the sidewalk around this time walking to school,” he said.

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