Flat Tire Causes Fatal Crash on San Mateo-Hayward Bridge Thursday Morning

A 24-year-old Hayward woman sitting in the back seat of a Honda was killed after a Range Rover crashed into it.

A flat tire was likely the cause of a fatal crash on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge early this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Units responded to reports of a crash involving a 2000 Honda and a 1999 Range Rover in the westbound lanes of the bridge at about 3:30 a.m., according to the CHP.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the Honda had turned on the vehicle's hazard lights and slowed down in the right lane after getting a flat tire, CHP Officer Art Montiel said.

The Range Rover traveling in the same lane failed to slow down and crashed into the Honda from behind, Montiel said.

A 24-year-old Hayward woman who was in the back seat of the Honda was critically injured in the crash, Montiel said.

Arriving officers and paramedics were unable to revive the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The diver of the Honda suffered minor facial cuts and the driver of the Range Rover was not injured, Montiel said.

Drugs or alcohol were not believed to be a factor in the crash, he said.

Anyone who might have witnessed the incident is asked to contact CHP Officer Aquino at (650) 369-6261.

-- Bay City News Service

ItsJim December 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Or maybe the Range Rover was going up the slope of the bridge and could not see the hazard lights because the honda was on the downslope of the bridge, or maybe another car was blocking the view and steered out of that lane.
V December 13, 2012 at 11:46 PM
john... dont critic something you are not aware of...the sadness is that a young lady is gone and left behind is her beautiful young daughter and family mourning her loss. If the flashers were on or not..the range rover should of stopped in time if they were paying any kind of attention to the vehicles in front of him. he was obvisously careless and now we dont have her around anymore!
Anna December 14, 2012 at 02:21 AM
This is a horrible loss. Deepest condolences. The diver of the Honda wasn't critically injured?
rich December 14, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Yes John, please know your information before you criticize or pass judgement. Also you should be considerate about your comments. Certain people might find it offensive (such as myself); that was my brother and his girlfriend in the Honda. My assumption is that the Range was possibly texting/talking on the phone, resulting in a life gone way too soon. R.I.P Mari
John December 14, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Didnt mean to offend anyone and I apologize. May the families find comfort and support through this difficult time. God be with you all.


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