Cook drove through a stop sign onto Deal Road and drove directly into the path of a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 77-year-old Ernest Lewis Chester also of Salisbury, NC.
EMS pulled her from the vehicle, called for an emergency helicopter, and tried to revive the woman. However, the woman was in very bad condition and died in their care. The helicopter was called off. Cook was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
Chester and his wife also sustained injuries - Chester was released after being treated for minor injuries, though his wife remains at Carolinas Medical Center in fair condition.
The Enochville Volunteer Fire Department, the Rowan Rescue Squad, and the Atwell Volunteer Fire Department responded to the two-car crash.
"It was a pretty bad wreck. It was a good effort, a good response out of everybody, all involved. It's just unfortunate," a volunteer fire fighter said. "Some things are just out of your hands. That's just the way it works out."