Firefighters and ambulance officers work to free Grace Harold after she crashed her car into a rock retaining wall on Tuesday afternoon.
Firefighters and ambulance officers work to free Grace Harold after she crashed her car into a rock retaining wall on Tuesday afternoon. Renee Pilcher

Crash victim dies in hospital

GRACE Therese Harold has been identified as the Gympie woman who died after crashing into a Crescent Rd rock wall on Tuesday afternoon.

Police are now investigating whether a medical condition may have contributed to the crash. A possible stroke or heart attack cause has not been ruled out.

Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves said the 82-year-old was the sole occupant of the Mazda 323 when it crashed about 4.45pm.

"Witnesses say they saw her driving on Shanks St and turn right into Bent St, before veering left (at the Bent St and Crescent Rd intersection) and hitting the rock retaining wall," he said.

At the scene the retired pensioner was treated by paramedics for a laceration to the arm and shoulder and facial injuries.

The woman hit her head on impact and the vehicle did not have an airbag.

She was conscious when police and firefighters arrived and was trapped in her vehicle for a short time.

Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof of the extensively damaged car and free the woman.

She was taken to Gympie Hospital where she died a short time later.

It is believed Ms Harold was the mother of a senior Queensland police officer.

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