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Highway Patrol: China Grove woman killed following vehicle pursuit

KANNAPOLIS — A China Grove woman was killed Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash after a vehicle pursuit that began in Rowan County and ended in Cabarrus County, according to a statement from the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Amber Marie Baker, 31, died at the scene of an accident on I-85 after she lost control of her Toyota passenger vehicle, traveled off the roadway and down an embankment before the vehicle overturned. The exact location of the accident was not immediately released.

According to Sgt. Chris Knox, with the Highway Patrol’s public information office, first responders in Rowan County at 1:30 p.m. responded to a call for service on Webb Road about a female driver who was experiencing a medical episode. Baker was later determined to be that driver.

The Highway Patrol said the driver fled from emergency personnel as they attempted to make initial contact with her.

Shortly thereafter, a trooper and a Rowan County sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle near the intersection of Leach and Webb roads. In an attempt to check on the welfare of the driver, a traffic stop was initiated, but the driver fled again, initiating a vehicle pursuit, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Authorities pursued the driver into Cabarrus County, where the crash occurred.

A Post request for additional information about the accident was not returned Monday.

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