Elderly woman dies in Howard County car crash

Howard County police are investigating a single-vehicle collision in Marriottsville that resulted in an elderly woman’s death Thursday.
 
Doris Lee Johnson, 82, of Westminster, was traveling northeast on Marriottsville Road in the area of Driver Road around 5:11 p.m. The vehicle, a 2009 Toyota Rav 4, left the roadway and hit a tree, causing the vehicle to turn onto its side, according to a police news release.
 
Johnson was the only person inside the vehicle. She was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
 
Johnson may have suffered some type of serious medical emergency just before the collision, causing her to lose control of the vehicle, police said.
 
Police said neither speed nor alcohol appear to be a factor in the collision. Johnson was wearing her seatbelt.
 
Marriottsville Road was closed to through traffic until 6:30 p.m. Thursday for investigation and clean-up.
 
The collision remains under investigation.
 
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