A 61-year-old Rohnert Park woman died at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Saturday morning, two days after she suffered a medical emergency while driving north on Snyder Lane with her grandson, Rohnert Park police said.
Betty Troutman died Saturday morning while being treated for injuries related to the collision as well as an underlying medical condition, according to Sgt. Aaron Johnson.
Troutman crashed Thursday morning while heading north on Snyder in the midst of a shopping trip with her 19-year-old grandson. Johnson said police believed that Troutman had a medical emergency and lost control of her car, hitting a light pole, a fire hydrant and eventually a tree.
Johnson said that Troutman was in cardiac and respiratory arrest when officers arrived on the scene. They performed CPR and used a defibrillator on her at the crash scene and her pulse returned, he said.
Johnson hailed the efforts of Troutman's grandson, who tried to pull his grandmother from the car and administer CPR."Our condolences go out to the family and especially her grandson who was by her side thought the collision. He is a brave young man for trying to rescue his grandmother," Johnson said.
Troutman succumbed to her injuries and died at the hospital with her family by her side, Johnson said.
An autopsy didn't determine if Troutman died from the crash injuries or the medical issue. Further testing will be done and Troutman's medical history will be examined, Johnson said. The crash remains under investigation, he said.