Cicero (WSYR-TV) -- Authorities say 42-year-old Karen Hoyt suffered serious head injuries after her car went off the road, flipped over and came to a rest on its roof in the Town of Cicero
Neighbors who heard the crash are asking folks to slow down the next time they pass through.
Deborah Fish, who called 911, said the accident looked “like a bomb went off.”
The Sheriff’s Office says Hoyt lost control on a curve on Lakeshore Road, crossed into the other lane and went airborne over a 15 foot embankment. Her Nissan Altima landed upside down in some trees, just feet away from Oneida Lake.
Neighbors say it’s been about 30 or 40 years since they’ve seen a crash as bad as this one.
Back in the day, the curve was considered a dangerous one. Nowadays, warning signs greet you well before your reach it.
Neighbors say not enough people pay attention to the signs and crashes are still common.
Along with flashing yellow lights and plenty of signage, a guard rail was installed years ago to make the particular stretch of Lakeshore Road safer. But there's a gap of about 50 feet where there is none, which is where Monday’s accident happened.
Don Therre, who owns the property where Hoyt's car landed, told NewsChannel 9 that the gap in the guard rail is due to an old driveway that used to be there. That driveway was owned by a restaurant across the street.
“If that slope, where it tapers down into the ground, if that caused it then maybe they do need to extend it,” said Therre .
It looks as if the car did catch the end of the guardrail, helping launch it over the embankment, but neighbors are convinced just one thing is to blame.
“She was going way too fast. It scares me,” said one neighbor.
Witnesses claim Hoyt was going as fast as 80 mph, though that hasn’t been confirmed by the Sheriff’s Office.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.