Francine Schenkel of Ridge, 87, killed after Rocky Point crash

Francine Schenkel, 87, of Ridge, died after suddenly driving off the road and crashing into a tree in a wooded area of Rocky Point on July 2, 2014. Suffolk County police said witnesses did not notice anything that could have caused her to crash. The vehicle was impounded for a safety check as the investigation continues. (Credit: Stringer News Service)

An 87-year-old woman died after suddenly driving off the road and crashing into a tree in a wooded area of Rocky Point Wednesday afternoon, Suffolk police said.

Francine Schenkel of Ridge was driving north on County Road 21, which is Rocky Point-Yaphank Road, when her 1997 Toyota crossed into the southbound lane, just south of Route 25A near Rocky Point High School, police said. It happened about 2:45 p.m., police said.

Witnesses did not notice anything that could have caused her to crash, said Det. Sgt. William Bundrick of the Seventh Precinct.


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"She apparently left the roadway on her own," he said. "No one drove her off the road or cut her off or anything.

"We don't know if it was a medical emergency."

Police said the vehicle was impounded for a safety check as the investigation continues.

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