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Santa Maria woman killed in wrong-way driver crash in San Diego County

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - A 38-year-old Santa Maria woman was killed early Friday morning after her car was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver in San Diego County.

The woman's name will not be released until her next-of-kin is notified.

The California Highway Patrol said the deadly crash occurred at about 2:00 a.m. on Interstate 5 near Mission Avenue in Oceanside, California.

Witnesses began reporting a 2011 Toyota Camry traveling the wrong way on I-5 minutes before the fatal collision. CHP said the driver of the Camry was a 31-year-old White male adult and resident of Oceanside.

CHP added that the man was traveling northbound on the southbound No. 1 lane at freeway speeds. The Santa Maria driver was traveling at 65 mph according to CHP and approaching the wrong-way driver. Unfortunately, she was unable to avoid the approaching Toyota Camry.

Both drivers were killed on impact the CHP said.

The incident is under investigation by the CHP who said alcohol and/or drugs are believed to have played a role in the fatal crash.

We will update this story when new information becomes available.


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