43-year-old Newport News woman died Saturday evening when her car struck a
utility pole on Huntington Avenue near 63rd Street, said Police Sgt. Stan
Gertrude A. Hawk, of James River Lane in the Beverly Hills subdivision, was driving a 1983 Ford Escort south on Huntington Avenue when she lost control of the car, Morgan said.
He said a preliminary investigation into the crash showed that the evening's thunderstorm was a contributing factor.
The car hit the curb, flipped on its left side, and slid until it struck a utility pole and its roof collapsed, Morgan said.
Hawk was pronounced dead at the scene at about 5:45 p.m., he said.
There were no other passengers in the car, he said.
The cause of the wreck had not been determined.