LAWRENCEVILLE -- What Lesa Stone initially thought was an injured deer or dog, collapsed in evening traffic near downtown Lawrenceville, was actually a woman, teetering on consciousness as vehicles zipped by her.
Stone, a nurse, threw her Ford F-150 in park, angled to block traffic, and then administered CPR to 27-year-old Jamie Ann Elder in five-lane Grayson Highway. A waitress rushed in to help, and Stone ordered her to dig the woman's driver's license from her purse.
Calling out a proper name, Stone knew, can put the injured at ease.
"She was banged up, very catatonic," Stone said Thursday. "My main goal was just to keep her alive until somebody got there."
Police investigators were trying to determine Thursday what prompted Elder, of Lawrenceville, to suddenly exit the 2006 Kia Optima she was driving at an estimated 45 mph. The car slammed into a utility pole near Simonton Road and caught fire, causing power outages at hundreds of homes and business and closing the highway for several hours.
Lawrenceville police spokesman Capt. Greg Vaughn said no motive for Elder's actions had been verified. It was unclear if Elder would face criminal charges, he said.
Elder was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with injuries that officials described as minor. No other injuries were reported.
A person reached by phone at Elder's residence said she wasn't home Thursday and declined further comment.
Fire Department spokesman Lt. Eric Eberly said power company officials at the scene indicated that several hundred homes and businesses in the area experienced a power outage. Firefighters quickly extinguished the burning car, he said.
Stone, who has a 19-year-old daughter, deflected praise for her actions.
"I did what people should do," she said.