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Updated: Police: 85-Year-Old Loses Consciousness, Slams Into Oncoming Car

By Shay Arthur
Kelli Saam
Published On: Apr 08 2013 04:17:08 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 08 2013 08:48:50 PM CDT
Market Street Collision

Courtesy: Matt Houser

REDDING, Calif. -

A head-on crash closed part of North Market Street for three hours Sunday night in North Redding.  Police said it was caused after an 85-year-old driver suffered a medical emergency and lost consciousness.

The collision happened at 8:10 p.m. on North Market Street between Benton Drive and Lake Boulevard.  Two vehicles collided head-on, trapping both drivers.   

Police said Audrey May Straight, age 85 of Shasta Lake, was driving a 2003 Buick LeSabre northbound on Market Street.  

Police said it appears Straight suffered a medical emergency and lost consciousness while driving. Straight then drove across the raised center divider and collided head on with a Scion TC driven by David Lilley, 50 of Redding.

Both drivers suffered major injuries and had to be extricated by Redding Fire Department.

Both drivers were transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment.  Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.

Southbound Market Street was closed at Lake Boulevard until about 11:30 p.m..

Redding Police tell us Straight did not have any restrictions on her drivers' license.

KRCR News Channel 7 got the facts about restrictions that can be placed on driver licenses and according to the Department of Motor Vehicles there are several ways a  person's license can be restricted.

One way is a doctor's recommendation.

By law a physician is required to report a medical condition that might impair driving.

Another reason is family and friends, letters from concerned family members to the DMV saying why they feel the driver can no longer operate a vehicle safely can lead to a restriction.

Finally, if a law enforcement officer seeing someone driving unsafely they can report to the DMV as well.

According to the DMV for older drivers most restrictions imposed relate to declining physical conditions.

The most common restriction is related to the loss of vision.

Some restrictions placed on a driver license due to physical conditions could include not driving on the freeway, no night-time driving, or no driving during times of high traffic.