Police investigate Santa Cruz woman’s death after hit-and-run collision on Highway 1

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — California Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle collision that occurred Monday morning. Meanwhile, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of one of the drivers after the initial collision.

The collision occurred at approximately 9 a.m. Monday, south of upper Swanton Road. The preliminary investigation, according to CHP, revealed that a Toyota Tundra driven by a Santa Cruz man was traveling north on State Route 1 when it was struck from behind by a Honda Accord driven by a 40-year-old Santa Cruz woman.

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After the collision, both vehicles pulled to the shoulder of SR-1. The woman, according to CHP, reportedly exited the Honda, crossed the highway, and walked toward the cliff overlooking the ocean where she either fell or jumped.

The woman’s body was later recovered from the ocean by a Coast Guard helicopter. The cause of the crash is under investigation, alcohol and/or drugs have not been ruled out as contributing factors, according to CHP.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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