One woman was killed and another pregnant woman hospitalized for observation following a head-on collision Sunday evening in Ocean Beach.
According to local police reports and the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, the crash took place at around 6:30 p.m. on West Point Loma Boulevard, where 31 year old Crystal Noel Banducci’s Honda CRX suddenly veered into oncoming lanes, colliding head on with a Toyota Camry heading in the opposite direction.
The collision killed Banducci, also trapping her body inside her car, which was utterly destroyed. “The fire department used the Jaws of Life to get her, and they just had to pretty much take the car apart to get her out,” said SDPD Lieutenant Steve Hutchinson to reporters on the scene. Police investigators reported that there were no visible skid marks at the crash site, and that Banducci was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
At this time, it is unclear what caused Banducci to veer into oncoming lanes. A cell phone was recovered from her vehicle, though it is unclear if she may have been using it when the crash occurred. “It’s possible that it could have been distracted driving but we don’t know that right now. We’re just trying to figure that out,” said Hutchinson.
Alcohol may also have been a factor in the crash, as several open alcohol containers were found outside Banducci’s car, though the containers may have burst open in the crash. A more thorough investigation will determine if alcohol played a role in the incident.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Camry, a 40 year old pregnant woman, was rushed to UC San Diego Medical Center for observation. There was no word on her condition, though she is expected to be OK. Her hospital visit is believed to be focused on the health of her unborn child.
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