A Charlotte woman was hospitalized Wednesday morning after driving off the side of the road and hitting a utility pole, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper said.
Trooper Brett Marr said Shakaela Webb, 28, was heading east on Ostwalt-Amity Road when she bent down to retrieve something in her car. Marr said she ran off the right side of the road and struck an embankment, which flipped the car onto its right side.
The vehicle, a 2003 GMC Envoy, then hit a utility pole close to where the windshield meets the roof, pinning Webb inside the car, Marr said.
Marr said it took nine first responders around 30 minutes to free Webb from the car. She was then airlifted to Atrium Health’s Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte.
Marr estimated that Webb was traveling between 60 and 65 mph at the time of the crash. She was the only person involved. She was cited for failure to maintain lane.
He estimated that the vehicle was damaged enough to be a total loss.