71-year-old woman killed in wreck on East W.T. Harris Boulevard

A 71-year-old woman died Saturday when she was ejected from the back seat of a car that careened off East W.T. Harris Boulevard after its driver suffered a “medical episode,” police said.

Betty Adams was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was in an eastbound 2014 Honda Accord whose driver, Angel Adams, 44, suffered an episode as the car passed University City Boulevard. Police have not said what they believe was the medical episode involved in the wreck.

The car accelerated and struck a 2002 Honda Accord in the rear right corner, causing minor damage, police said. Adams’ car then went off the right side of the road in the 1200 block, near Old Concord Road and the Colonial Village at Chancellor Park apartments.

The car hit several street signs and utility poles and then flipped several times, police said.

Betty Adams and a 15-year-old front-seat passenger tried to control the car before it crashed shortly before 3 p.m., police said.

Angel Adams and her front-seat passenger appeared to be wearing seatbelts and were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with minor injuries. Betty Adams was not wearing a seatbelt, police said.

The driver of the 2002 Accord was uninjured.

Speed factored into the crash, police said, while alcohol and other drugs do not appear to have been involved.

Police said Saturday night the investigation is “ongoing” and “active” and encouraged anyone who saw the wreck to call CMPD Major Crash Detective Kevin Allred at 704-336-8862.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak