Lake Worth woman critically injured in Port St. Lucie accident

PORT ST. LUCIE -- A 19-year-old woman sustained life-threatening injuries during a Monday morning crash on Southeast Port St. Lucie Boulevard that caused the closure of two lanes of the heavily traveled east/west thoroughfare, police stated.

Cathryn M. Stalnaker, of Lake Worth, was flown to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries following the crash, which happened just before 6:30 a.m., according to Port St. Lucie police.

Stalnaker was driving a 2005 Saturn north on Southeast Seafury Lane and trying to head west on Southeast Port St. Lucie Boulevard. As Stalnaker drove across the eastbound lanes, her vehicle was struck in a T-bone manner by a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by James Lambert, 62, of Port St. Lucie.

St. Lucie County Fire District crews freed Stalnaker from her vehicle, the crumpled remains of which remained in the roadway several hours after the crash.

Police closed two of three eastbound lanes of Southeast Port St. Lucie Boulevard, and re-routed westbound Southeast Port St. Lucie Boulevard motorists around the crash scene.

The two eastbound lanes are expected to remain closed and westbound traffic is expected to be diverted for the next couple of hours, said Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, police spokesman, at 10:30 a.m. Investigators need to wait for the ground to dry to mark the scene, he said.

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