He said investigators will be checking for anything that may have affected Gustin’s ability to drive -- either a medical problem or possible impairment. The autopsy will be key to shedding light on potential drugged or dangerous driving.
They will also check the woman’s vehicle for possible mechanical problems.
According to the preliminary investigation, witnesses ripped open a door and pulled the woman from the car just before it burst into flames, Kettering police said.
Police said when they arrived on scene, Gustin was out of the vehicle and on the ground. She died at a hospital or on the way to the hospital.
She apparently lost control of the car, which jumped the curb, ran over a traffic sign and hit the tree. It then bounced backward before it caught fire.
INITIAL REPORT (June 23)
A 50-year-old Centerville woman was identified as the person who died in a crash in Kettering Sunday afternoon, according to Montgomery County Coroner Kent E. Harshbarger.
Rebecca A. Gustin died after her vehicle struck a tree and caught fire on East Stroop Road, according to Sergeant Larry Warren with the Kettering Police Department.
Gustin’s car appeared to have also been in an another crash in a parking lot on East Dorothy Lane prior to the crash on East Stroop Road, Warren said.
She was taken to a local hospital from the second crash scene where she succumbed to her injuries, Warren said.
We’re working to learn more details on both reported crashes and will continue to update this story.