Woman Dies After Slamming Into Center Wall on I-8

The woman was partially ejected in the crash

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     A woman who slammed into a center divider wall on Interstate 8 has died from her injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

    The 80-year-old driver --later identified as La Mesa resident Mary Lowery by the Medical Examiner's Office -- was traveling eastbound on I-8 in her 1989 Toyota Corolla around 7:20 a.m. Monday. 

    As she drove near W. Main Street, she jerked her vehicle to the left for an unknown reason and crashed into the center divide, officials say. 

    The car's left front hit the wall, sending Lowery partially through the windshield because she was not wearing a seat belt. 

    Her vehicle rested in the middle of traffic, which forced the CHP to issue a Sig Alert for the area as she was rescued. 

    Lowery was rushed to Sharp Memorial Hospital, but she died shortly after. 

    CHP officials do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. 

    Officers will continue the investigation.