No one was hurt in a two-vehicle car crash at the intersection of North Pearl Street and West 6th Street around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, but with a white Chevy Suburban laying on its side and blocking 6th Street it had the appearance of a freeway crash and attracted many onlookers.
Centralia Police cited Betsy Rowe, 44, of Aberdeen, with failure to stop at a stop sign.
Rowe was driving a white 2007 Chevy Suburban westbound on 6th Street in northeast Centralia when she drove past a stop sign at Pearl Street.
Heading south bound on Pearl Street, 19-year-old Tyler Melhart, of Centralia, was driving a 1996 green Ford Taurus when Rowe's vehicle cut in front of him and he slammed on his brakes.
"All of a sudden they come out and I just hit them," Melhart said. "Totally unexpected, since I had the right of way."
Rowe, who was traveling with her 11-year-old daughter Bonnie to watch her son play a tennis match at Centralia High School, was lost and couldn't remember which way she was traveling after the crash.
"I just felt the collision and then I rolled," Rowe said.
Melhart's vehicle appeared to be totaled while Rowe's vehicle gave a wrecker crew a 30-minute challenge to pull back over on its wheels. Broken glass, a cell phone, a blanket, an umbrella, and a Sudoko book had spilled onto the street from the vehicle.
Centralia Police officer Paul McCormick said the Suburban was struck just in front of the rear wheel on its passenger side.
"You hit right there and that's about the right spot to bring a vehicle up on its side like that," McCormick said.
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