Missing Rochester woman found in car off Highway 12 near Oakville

Woman was reported missing May 23, found Sunday afternoon

A car found off the roadway of Highway 12 Sunday afternoon turned out to contain a woman who had been reported missing from Rochester five days earlier.

Early Sunday afternoon, a blue 1993 Chevrolet Lumina was discovered about two miles north of Oakville after it had apparently left the roadway, drove down a 30-foot embankment and struck two trees. The vehicle came to a rest perpendicular to the roadway, facing the highway.

The driver was Sharon Lee Leaming, a 70-year-old woman who had been reported missing from Rochester on May 23. According to investigators, she had suffered a medical event, which caused the crash. She was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with undisclosed injuries.

In a separate incident early the next morning, a 32-year old Aberdeen driver was traveling westbound on Highway 12 about three miles east of Montesano just before 1 a.m. when his 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette minivan crossed into the median and nearly struck the cable barrier. The driver overcorrected back into the lane of travel, lost control and struck the guardrail. He was transported to Grays Harbor Community Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

Investigators believe the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.