An 86-year-old driver, identified as Naomi Noble, died in a single-vehicle crash in Douglas County, Oregon. The crash occurred when Noble’s car jumped a curb, hit mailboxes, and reentered oncoming traffic before stopping in a bush. Witnesses described Noble as unresponsive when she entered the oncoming lane. Despite attempts to revive her, Noble was pronounced dead at CHI Mercy Medical Center. Authorities believe her death was due to a medical event rather than the crash itself. KEZI 9 News reported
Medical Emergency Suspected in Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash in Douglas County
GREEN, Ore. – Authorities believe a medical emergency led to a tragic single-vehicle crash in Douglas County on Wednesday morning, resulting in the death of the driver.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to the incident that took place around 11:15 a.m. on July 26 in Green. According to witnesses, the driver, identified as 86-year-old Naomi Noble from Roseburg, was heading southbound on Carnes Road when her vehicle suddenly veered off the road, colliding with a row of mailboxes. Eyewitnesses reported that Noble’s car then reentered the roadway, this time driving into oncoming traffic, before veering off again and coming to a stop in a bush.
Witnesses immediately noticed that Noble appeared unresponsive as she entered the oncoming lane of traffic. Concerned bystanders broke a window to gain access to the vehicle and remove Noble, but unfortunately, they couldn’t detect a pulse. The responding sheriff’s deputies and medics quickly initiated CPR before rushing Noble to CHI Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, where she was later pronounced deceased.
Authorities from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office have determined that Noble’s death was a result of a medical event and not directly caused by the crash itself.