NIPTON, Ca. – A 30-year-old Corona woman lost her life after the vehicle she was in careened off of the roadway and into an open desert area on Thursday morning.
At around 6:00 a.m. a 26-year-old La Habra man was driving a 2000 Ford SUV. The 30-year-old Corona woman was in the passenger seat of the vehicle, which was traveling southbound on the I-15, north of Yates Well Road in an unincorporated San Bernardino County area near Nipton, Ca. CHP officials determined that the vehicle, which was driving at an unknown speed allowed the Ford to veer to the left into the dirt center divider. The driver turned right attempting to gain control of the vehicle to no avail.
The vehicle traveled across all of the southbound lanes, collided into the signpost on the right shoulder and overturned into the open desert terrain. As the vehicle overturned several times, the female passenger was ejected from the vehicle. Emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene and determined that the female was deceased at the scene. The 26-year-old male driver, who was determined to be under the influence of an undisclosed drug, was badly injured and airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The collision remains under investigation by the Barstow California Highway Patrol. Anyone who has any information believed to be pertinent to the case should call 760-255-5900.
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