KENNEWICK -- A 53-year-old Kennewick woman was killed Monday evening when her car sped through an intersection, crashed through several fences and rolled out of control through a pasture.
Sally D. Meador was thrown from the white Ford Edge about 5 p.m. and was dead by the time emergency personnel arrived in the 3100 block of South Olympia Street in Kennewick, said police Sgt. Ken Lattin.
Speed was a factor in the accident, Lattin said. The cause is under investigation.
Meador was alone in the car, and nobody else was injured in the crash.
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The airbag deployed and police still are trying to determine if she was wearing her seat belt, Lattin said.
"Some crashes are not survivable," he said. "This one was pretty violent."
Meador was traveling west on Highland Avenue, crossed Olympia and continued on through yards and pastures. A path of broken fences, strewn car parts and personal items marked the path of the utility vehicle.
The car broke through a strong fence made of railroad ties before it landed on its side not 50 yards from Dean Dennis' deck. The front of the car almost was completely sheared off.
Dennis, whose front door is on South Quincy Place, said he heard a loud crash while sitting on his deck. "I looked up, saw the car tumbling through the air and then saw a wheel break off and come toward me," he said.
Dennis, 68, dropped onto the deck. The front wheel from the Ford glanced off the house 10 feet above him, shattering the edge of the roof.
Dennis' grandson, Aaron Dennis, said that if a mound of dirt at the edge of the pasture hadn't caused the Ford to flip, the car likely would have headed straight for the deck where his grandfather sat.
Aaron was just getting ready to mow the lawn. He wore headphones and "had the music at full blast," he said. But he still heard the loud crash.
Peeking over the tall wooden fence surrounding the Dennises' property, Aaron saw the tail end of the car up in the air.
The 21-year-old rushed toward Meador, but when he got to her, he felt no pulse and saw no sign of her breathing.
Medics arrived within minutes but only could confirm the woman's death.
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