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Medical Cause Suspected in Napa Woman's Collision Death

Police are waiting for autopsy results to determine the cause of death of a Napa woman after her car collided with parked vehicles on Third Street Friday.

A medical event may have caused Friday morning's collision that sent Napa motorist Debora Tuttle, 53, to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, where she died, according to a media release from the City of Napa Police Department:

At about 0938 hours Napa Police officers were dispatched to a traffic collision that occurred in the 2200 block of Third St. 

The first arriving police unit initially found the driver (Tuttle) unresponsive sitting in the drivers’ seat of her vehicle. Napa Fire Department arrived and had to extricate the victim from the vehicle due to the damage sustained. The driver was transported to QVH where she subsequently died.

Napa Police Traffic Reconstruction Team responded and conducted the investigation. 

It was determined that Tuttle was west on Third St in the 2200 block when for some unknown reason she veered to the right and struck a parked car. 

The parked vehicle was pushed into a second parked vehicle, and the second parked vehicle was pushed into a third parked vehicle. 

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this collision, but there is a possibility that Tuttle suffered a medical event prior to the collision. 

The Napa Traffic Reconstruction Team is awaiting the results of the autopsy to make that determination.

Third St was closed for approximately 1 hour during the collision investigation.  Any witnesses are asked to contact Officer Gregg Lee at 257-9223.

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