A woman was killed and a man was injured in a fatal Lake California crash on March 31. Speeding and alcohol are considered likely contributing factors in causing the accident.
According to the details shared by the California Highway Patrol, the incident was a single-vehicle crash. The woman who lost her life in the crash was identified as Jovana Sanchez, 27, of Cottonwood. She was accompanied by Scott Joyce, 26, also of Cottonwood who sustained injuries.
Both were traveling in a vehicle along River View Drive. The vehicle was headed northbound along the road and Sanchez was in the driving seat. As it reached close to Antelope Creek Drive, Sanchez appears to have lost control of the vehicle.
Preliminary investigations reveal that Sanchez attempted to take an abrupt turn. This caused the vehicle to veer out of her control. The vehicle then crashed into a tree at a high rate of speed.
The sheer impact of the collision caused serious damage to the vehicle. Sanchez was not wearing a seatbelt at the moment of impact. This caused her to suffer critical injuries in the collision. By the time the first responders and paramedics reached the scene of the crash, she had succumbed to her injuries. She was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident.
Joyce, who was a passenger in the vehicle, also suffered injuries. The exact nature and severity of his injuries are not known at this time. The paramedics who arrived on the crash site transported Joyce to the Mercy Hospital where he remains under treatment.
According to CHP, it appears that Sanchez was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time the crash occurred. This, and the high speed at which the vehicle was traveling, likely caused the Lake California crash, a CHP statement said.
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