A medical issue is believed to have caused the death of a retired nurse whose car crashed into a cemetery early Tuesday afternoon. Sandra D. Sumrall, 71, of Laurel was just up the road from her house when the Cadillac she was driving kept going at the end of Sharon-Moss Road, crossed Highway 537 (also known as Sharon Road) before hitting a sign and headstones in the cemetery at First Baptist Church of Sharon.
Witnesses told officials that she got out of the car, crossed the road and collapsed. A passerby immediately began administering CPR, then volunteer firefighters did the same and EMServ Ambulance medics did too as she was taken to South Central Regional Medical Center.
She was pronounced dead at the hospital by Deputy Coroner Don Sumrall, who is no relation to the deceased. “I knew her,” he said. “She was a good person.” It appeared that a medical issue is what caused the wreck and her death, the deputy coroner said. Mrs. Sumrall was a respected nurse who had retired and did have some “health issues,” people who knew her said.
A half-dozen or so headstones were knocked down or damaged in the wreck.