A US Highway 101 crash claimed the life of a woman over the weekend.. The crash occurred early on the morning of Sunday, August 29. The Highway 101 crash was reported to the authorities at around 3:10 a.m.
According to the details shared by California Highway Patrol, the crash came about when the driver of a vehicle lost control for some reason. The vehicle was identified as a red Honda. Its driver was identified only as a woman aged 19.
The woman was traveling along the southbound lanes of the highway when the red Honda veered towards the left. This caused the vehicle to crash into the center median. After the initial collision with the barrier, the Honda then veered back into the number 2 southbound lane. It then came to a stop in this lane.
After the car stopped in the middle of the number 2 lane, at least two other vehicles crashed into the Honda. These vehicles were also traveling in the southbound lanes and couldn’t avoid a collision with the disabled vehicle.
The woman driving the red Honda was the sole occupant of the vehicle when the collision occurred. She suffered critical injuries in the crash. By the time the first responders and paramedics arrived on the scene of the crash, the woman had succumbed to her injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Following the incident, CHP shut down the southbound lanes of Highway 101. The lanes remained closed for several hours as on-site cleanup and investigation was conducted. The roadway was finally reopened at around 6 a.m.
CHP continues to investigate the crash. The focus of the investigations at this point is to determine what caused the Honda driver to lose control. Preliminary investigations indicate that impairment caused by drugs or alcohol was not a contributing factor.
For Orange County accidents like these, victims or the families of deceased victims may be entitled to compensatory damages. An Orange County car accident attorney can help the victims and families determine how to seek these damages.