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Santa Maria woman killed by vehicle backing up in driveway

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A Santa Maria woman is dead after she was struck by a vehicle that was backing into a driveway Saturday morning.

Santa Maria police were dispatched to the home on the 600 block of Albert Street at around 11:15 a.m.

Investigators learned that the woman was standing behind a vehicle as it backed into the driveway. The driver lost control and pinned the woman between the vehicle and the house,

The woman suffered a major head injury and was pronounced dead at the scene.

She has been identified as America Ortega Toscano, 23, of Santa Maria.

Santa Maria Fire Department responded to board up where the vehicle crashed into the home.

Police say alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

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