Mary Rogers, 57, of Sandusky, was transported to Firelands Regional Medical Center after initially refusing treatment.
She was driving south on Columbus Avenue. Eugene Koby, who was driving behind Rogers, witnessed the crash.
Koby told police Rogers never hit her brakes and smoothly veered left, driving into an Ohio Edison power pole.
The car bounced back from the pole a couple of feet. The driver’s side front end was obliterated, with the driver’s side tire sheered off; the internal components holding it in place snapped in half. The tire came to rest at the curb, a couple of feet away from the car.
Rogers did not appear to be injured but did not recall what happened, telling police all she remembered was hearing a boom.
After impact, the power pole caught fire.
Shawn Wallace, who lives in the 1100 block of Columbus Ave., said it appeared Rogers was unconscious and was not trying to get out of the vehicle.
Wallace and others, who were trying to help, could not open the driver’s side door but dragged Rogers out of the car from the passenger’s side.
Sandusky firefighters were first on the scene and attended to Rogers.
Sandusky firefighter Chris Bodle used a water extinguisher to snuff the burning power pole.
Rogers will be cited for failure to control, said Sandusky police Officer Eric Graybill.
There was no smell of alcohol, and there’s no reason to suspect she was texting, Graybill said.
The cause remains under investigation.