A 48-year-old woman died in a car crash in her hometown of Medford on Thursday evening.

Suffolk County police said Debra Heitleband was driving a Toyota Corolla eastbound on Horseblock Road when she suffered a medical condition, drove up a curb and hit a tree at the corner of Route 112 shortly after at 5 p.m.

Heitleband was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where she was pronounced dead. She was driving alone at the time.

Sixth Squad detectives impounded the car for a safety check while they are continuing the investigation.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.