SANTA CLARA COUNTY (CBS SF) – A 5-year-old boy and his aunt were killed in a crash Friday morning on westbound state Highway 152 in unincorporated Santa Clara County near Pacheco State Park, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The solo-vehicle crash was reported at about 7:10 a.m. on westbound Highway 152 just west of Dinosaur Point Road, CHP Officer Jaime Rios said.

A four-door Chevrolet was traveling in the left westbound lane of the highway when the driver, a 27-year-old Salinas woman, lost control of the vehicle, Rios said.

The vehicle traveled onto the right hand shoulder, overturned on a hill on the side of the road, and landed back on its wheels, Rios said.

Passersby stopped and helped pull the driver and two passengers out of the car just before it became engulfed in flames, according to Rios.

The two passengers, the 5-year-old boy and his aunt, a 35-year-old Mendota woman, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names are not being released until their families are notified of the deaths, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office.

The driver, the boy’s mother, was taken to Regional Medical Center of San Jose where she was in critical condition as of this afternoon, Rios said.

Wet weather is the likely cause of the crash, which happened on a slick, downhill part of the highway, Rios said.

Part of the two-lane highway was blocked for about four hours due to the crash. All lanes reopened at about 11:10 a.m., according to the CHP.


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Comments (2)
  1. TRB says:

    The weather was not responsible for this car crash. Speed, bad tires, bad driving are all possibilities, but not weather. It‘s always driver error. Whether error in driving with bald tires in rain or making bad choices behind the wheel it is always human mistakes in driving. The weather has to be negotiated, much like life.

  2. John says:

    Right on! We see people driving 70+ mph even when it was pouring cats ‘n dogs. No let up in speed at all; as if it was dry summer time. Why, people, why?

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