Parrish woman killed in Lakewood Ranch crash

acastillo@bradenton.comMay 30, 2014 

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- A Parrish woman was killed Thursday afternoon after her vehicle struck two different poles in Lakewood Ranch, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Vivian Rawls, 74, died after she lost control of her car traveling northbound in the right lane of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. The vehicle crossed the center median, hit a light pole and then struck a concrete power pole.

The crash occurred at 1:05 p.m. just one mile north of Malachite Drive, according to FHP.

Rawls, the sole occupant of the car, was pronounced dead at Blake Medical Center.

"All we know at this point is that for some reason she lost control," said Lt. Gregory Bueno of FHP.

The FHP will conduct a 60-day homicide investigation to determine what led to the fatal accident, Bueno said.

"One of the biggest factors to determine now is why did she lose control?" Bueno said. "We don't want to speculate."

He said the FHP will take

time to conduct the investigation.

"It could be anything," Bueno said. "You never know until you actually determine all the facts and put everything together."

After Rawls lost control of her 2013 Chevy, it veered across the northbound lanes, then crossed the southbound lanes of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard before leaving the roadway on the west shoulder. The Chevy's front end hit a light pole, then continued in a northwesterly direction along the shoulder before hitting a concrete power pole.

Alcohol was not involved, Bueno reported.

According to Bueno, the FHP received its first call at 1:09 p.m. A trooper was dispatched at 1:12 p.m. and was on the scene by 1:24 p.m.

Firefighters with the East Manatee Fire Rescue District assisted.

Amaris Castillo, law enforcement/island reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter @AmarisCastillo.

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