Woman Fatally Crashes Into Semi At US 101 Off-Ramp In Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA, CA — A woman was killed early Tuesday morning when she rear-ended a semi-truck at an off-ramp from northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Rosa. The collision was reported at 12:25 a.m. at the Bicentennial Way off-ramp, according to a statement from California Highway Patrol Officer David deRutte.

“Arriving officers located a Mazda that was pinned underneath the trailer of the truck,” deRutte said. “The female driver of the Mazda was pronounced deceased at the scene by fire personnel.” The driver of the big rig — a Freightliner — told CHP he’d stopped on the right shoulder of northbound 101 at Bicentennial Way to look up directions to his destination. The off-ramp has two lanes, one for those traveling east on Bicentennial and one for westbound traffic, and the Mazda driver was initially in the left lane when she decided to change to the right lane — in front of another vehicle, CHP’s preliminary investigation showed.

“For unknown reasons at this time, the Mazda continued moving to the right and drove onto the shoulder where it collided with the stopped truck,” deRutte said.
The Sonoma County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office was still working to confirm the woman’s identity and notify her next of kin Tuesday morning prior to publicly releasing that information. The truck driver, a 35-year-old man from Reedley, did not suffer injuries, deRutte said.

The off-ramp was closed for several hours early Tuesday because of the collision, but reopened at 4:30 a.m., deRutte said.

Anyone with with information regarding the collision is asked to call the Santa Rosa CHP Office at 707-588-1400.

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