One person was tragically killed and two people were hospitalized after a DUI accident northeast of Watsonville. KION-TV reports the collision occurred on Holohan Road near the intersection of Grimmer Road on Saturday night March 4, 2023.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to the scene sometime after 10:22 p.m. They determined that the driver of a Volvo SUV was traveling southbound on Holohan when for an unknown reason the driver crossed the solid double lines into the path of oncoming traffic.
The Volvo struck a Hyundai car head-on. The driver of the Hyundai, a 26-year-old woman from Watsonville, was killed in the collision. Her passenger, a 25-year-old woman from Moreno Valley, suffered major injuries and was rushed to Natividad Hospital in Salinas.
The 38-year-old woman from Watsonville at the wheel of the Volvo was also taken to Natividad Hospital with major injuries. She was also arrested on felony DUI charges.
Head-On Accident Dangers in Santa Cruz County
Head-on impacts make up only a small percentage of the accidents reported on California roads each year, yet they are one of the most likely types of collisions to result in a fatality.
These accidents factor in the speeds of the two vehicles traveling in opposite directions to multiply the forces involved. The devastating effects can send victims to the hospital with severe injuries and in some cases can cause life-threatening harm.
California’s Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) recorded 1,026 accidents involving injury across Santa Cruz County in 2021. Of those accidents, 63 were documented as head-on collisions, leading to at least four tragic deaths.
When these frightening accidents occur due to the decision of a driver to get behind the wheel drunk or under the influence of drugs, victims and their families will, understandably, have many questions about how they can seek justice.
A Word About DUI Car Accident Cases in San Luis Obispo…
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident, you should be aware of the benefits available to you through an insurance claim. Compensation should be expected to help with every hospital bill and the income victims lose while missing time at work. Support is also available to families who have lost a loved one due to a DUI driver’s mistake through a wrongful death claim.
You can read more about these cases on my page about car accident claims in Watsonville.