Catty woman dies in crash
A Catasauqua woman died early Saturday morning after her car, traveling an estimated 120 mph, crashed into a cement wall and then guide rail.
State police at Lehighton identified the victim as Candy L. Growden, 48, of Catasauqua. The crash occurred about 1 a.m. along Route 248 in Lower Towamensing Township.
Growden was driving a 2006 Ford Mustang westbound in a posted 55 mph zone on the four-lane roadway that is separated by cement barriers. She was traveling at speeds of 120 mph, troopers said, when she passed a vehicle in the left passing lane and then merged back into the right lane.
While merging back into the right lane, police said she drove off onto the north shoulder and struck a cement curb, causing her to lose control of the car and strike a cement wall.
She continued at least 280 feet on the shoulder of the road and hit a guiderail.
Police said 64 feet of the guiderail was damaged and went through the front of the car and out the back.
The Mustang came to rest facing westbound on the north shoulder still with the guide rail through it.
Growden was pronounced dead at the scene by Carbon County Coroner Robert Miller at 2:04 a.m.
Assisting troopers were Palmerton police, state police from the Swiftwater barracks, Palmerton EMS unit and Aquashicola Fire Company volunteers.