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Woman reportedly drank antifreeze before fatal crash

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

KANNAPOLIS — An argument preceded a crash that killed a China Grove woman after a vehicle pursuit on Monday that began in Rowan County and ended on Interstate 85 in Cabarrus County, says Rowan Sheriff’s Capt. John Sifford.

Amber Marie Baker, 31, died at the scene of an accident on the interstate after she lost control of her Toyota passenger vehicle, traveled down an embankment and overturned, according to the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

The incident started when Rowan County emergency personnel received a call around 1:30 p.m. regarding a medical issue. The caller told 911 that Baker drank antifreeze and took off before emergency personnel arrived at her location, according to Sifford.

Responders tried to make initial contact with Baker and, shortly thereafter, a Rowan County deputy and a trooper spotted the vehicle at the intersection of Leach and Webb roads.

The officers attempted to check on the welfare of Baker, but she fled again, initiating a vehicle pursuit. Hours later, the person who called 911 was discovered deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The State Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash, said Spokesman Sgt. Chris Knox.

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