On Thursday afternoon, a Shawnee woman died after her vehicle crashed into a gas meter — and local business owner's sign — along Kickapoo Street; it's initially been determined that her death was likely due to medical reasons — not from the crash.

On Thursday afternoon, a Shawnee woman died after her vehicle crashed into a gas meter — and local business owner's sign — along Kickapoo Street; it's initially been determined that her death was likely due to medical reasons — not from the crash.

At approximately 2:47 p.m., the Shawnee Police Department (SPD) responded to a single-vehicle accident in the 1100 block of North Kickapoo, just north of Love's Country Store.

A gold Buick Oldsmobile 4-door passenger vehicle struck a gas meter, the SPD reported in a press release.

The driver, identified as Margaret Lavoie, 85, of Shawnee, was unresponsive at the scene, the release states.

The release states REACT transported her to an area hospital.

Thursday evening the State Medical Examiner announced that Lavoie had passed, the SPD reported.

“The Medical Examiner also stated that at this time cause of death appeared to be due to medical reasons, but is still under investigation,” the release said.

SPD Officer Jacob Blazer said the utilities company had been notified and, at the time of the report, no gas leak was recorded.