SANTA MARIA Two women suffered major injuries in a single-vehicle rollover crash Monday morning on Highway 101 near Los Alamos, authorities said.
The crash was reported around 8:45 a.m. Monday. Officers arrived on scene and discovered a Mini Cooper on its roof on the right shoulder of the highway. It was determined the driver, identified as Jacquelyn Chau, 19, of Fremont, was traveling in the No. 1 lane “at a speed above the posted speed limit” when she drifted left across the solid yellow line and onto the rumble strip, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Ms. Chau then turned hard to the right and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle spun across the No. 1 and 2 lanes before leaving the roadway and striking a tree on the right shoulder.
The driver and the passenger, Shaina Flores, 21, of Antioch, were extricated by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
Ms. Chau was airlifted to Marian Regional Medical Center after losing consciousness and suffering abrasions to the forehead and neck. Ms. Flores was transported by ground ambulance after suffering a broken right arm, the CHP said.
Ms. Chau was not believed to be under the influence and no arrests were made.