SAN JUAN BAUTISTA – A 37-year-old Hollister woman was killed in a traffic collision over the weekend near San Juan Bautista, the California Highway Patrol said.
The two-car crash was reported around 7 a.m. Saturday on eastbound State Route 156 west of Monterey Street.
In a statement, the CHP said the woman was driving a 2019 Honda Civic in the left lane when she lost control, veered across the right lane and hit a guardrail. The car then careened back into the left lane, where it was struck by a 2011 Honda Civic.
Both cars came to a rest in eastbound lanes of the highway, the CHP said, adding that a Good Samaritan stopped to help the drivers and called 911. Emergency medical personnel provided aid to the driver of the 2019 Honda Civic, but she died of her injuries.
The San Benito County Coroner’s Office will release the woman’s identity once it is confirmed and her next of kin is notified.
The other driver, a 53-year-old Hollister woman, was not injured, according to the statement.
The CHP said the initial collision was caused by “unsafe speed and wet roadway conditions.” As of Monday, it was not known if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.
Anyone who witnessed the collision can contact the CHP Hollister-Gilroy area office at 408-427-0700.
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