Two women killed in separate South Bay crashes

SANTA CLARA COUNTY – Two women were killed in separate traffic collisions over the weekend in the South Santa Clara Valley, the California Highway Patrol said.

The first crash was reported at 1:15 a.m. Saturday on northbound Highway 101 north of Leavesley Road in Gilroy.

The CHP said a 27-year-old San Jose woman made an “unsafe turning movement” for an unknown reason, which caused her 1996 Toyota Avalon to travel off the roadway and overturn multiple times. An initial investigation indicated she was not wearing a seatbelt.

It was not immediately known if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, the CHP said.

The second collision was reported at 7:40 a.m. Saturday on Hale Avenue north of Blossom Court in the unincorporated community of Coyote.

The CHP said a 26-year-old Morgan Hill man was driving a 2003 Honda southbound when he drifted onto the shoulder for an unknown reason and hit a 51-year-old San Jose woman riding a Schwinn bicycle. The woman was thrown from the bicycle.

The man pulled over and called 911, the CHP said. Passersby, meanwhile, stopped to help the woman.

The CHP said it did not appear alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office will release the identities of the women once they have been confirmed and their next of kin is notified.

Anyone with information about the collisions can contact the Hollister-Gilroy area CHP office at 408-848-2324.

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Author: Jason Green