Lake said she was still experiencing considerable pain Sunday night.
In their account of the crash, released Sunday, Transportation Authority Police said Lake was driving alone on the eastbound span of the bridge about 8:30 p.m. Friday when her car and another one were struck by a tractor-trailer.
The other vehicle, a Mazda, remained on the bridge, and neither occupant was injured.
The driver of the truck, Gabor Lovasz of Canada, was not injured, police said.
No charges have been filed, but an investigation is ongoing, a spokesman for the Transportation Authority Police said. The authority plans to stage a re-enactment of the crash Monday as part of its investigation.
Authorities said the crash occurred less than a quarter-mile from shore and shut down the eastbound span of the bridge for about two hours.
The car was removed from the water Saturday.
The 4.3-mile arched, dual-span Bay Bridge, which rises 186 feet above the bay at its highest point, has long terrified some motorists. Crossed by more than 25 million vehicles annually, it connects Washington’s urban centers and suburbs with Ocean City and other coastal communities — and can provide a white-knuckle driving experience, even in the best of conditions.
“The Bay Bridge has everything to fear, not just height,” the late psychotherapist Jerilyn Ross once told The Washington Post. “Water, traffic, claustrophobia — anyone who’s prone to suffer from a phobia has a problem with the bridge. It’s the feeling of being so close to death.”
For years, police offered to drive cars over the bridge for phobics; more recently, entrepreneurs have done the same. In 2010, Travel + Leisure magazine named it one of “the world’s scariest bridges.”
But accidents in which cars go flying off the bridge into the water are extremely rare.
“It is very uncommon for this to happen,” said 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, a Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokesman.
The last time before Friday, he said, was 2008, when a three-
vehicle accident sent a chicken-filled 18-wheeler through a concrete wall and into the water, killing the driver, John R. Short of Willards, Md.
Another motorist died in an accident in 2011, after his car broke down on the bridge. He stepped out of the vehicle, which was subsequently struck by a truck. The force of the crash sent Harry Blauvelt, a retired sportswriter, into the water.
Julie Tate and Julie Zauzmer contributed to this report.