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Police: Poor health likely factor in fatal crash

LAWRENCEVILLE - An elderly Decatur woman's health issues may have triggered the single-vehicle crash that took her life Sunday morning, police said.

Police on Monday said Deborah R. Sapot, 69, died when the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu she was driving slammed into a median wall about 10:30 a.m. on Interstate 85 near Old Peachtree Road.

Witnesses said Sapot, who was traveling northbound in a far-left lane, swerved to the right, then over-corrected to the left, causing the vehicle to spin and crash, police said.

Police said Sapot was not wearing a seat belt. She was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.

No other injuries were reported.

Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said Sapot "appeared to be in poor health, which may have contributed to this accident."

The Gwinnett County Medical Examiners Office is conducting an autopsy to determine if Sapot had cardiac problems prior to impact, Spellman said.

Police don't suspect drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.