LOS BANOS — A Hollister woman died after being ejected from her car during a four-vehicle crash on Highway 152 early Monday, shutting down the roadway, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Officer Matt Pinheiro said Pricilla Zamora, 25, died after her 1995 Honda Civic veered into oncoming traffic near the Romero Visitors Center west of Los Banos at 3:54 a.m.
"She was ejected from the vehicle. The car was torn in half. We're trying to see if she was wearing a seat belt, because of the damage done to the car she could have been and the seat belt got ripped off," Pinheiro said.
He said Zamora was eastbound when her car, for an unknown reason, veered into the westbound lane. The right side of Zamora's Honda was struck by a 1997 Nissan Sentra driven by Manuel Jiminez, 41, of Saratoga.
Jason Vega, 38, of Gustine was behind Jiminez in a Ford F-150 truck. Vega's vehicle also struck the Honda, Pinheiro said. Another westbound Ford F-150, driven by David McCarter, 50, of Los Banos, was hit by debris from the Honda.
The four-car crash closed the highway as officers conducted an investigation and the wreckage was removed.
Pinheiro said Jiminez suffered major injuries in the crash and was airlifted to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. He said Vega was driven by ambulance to Memorial Hospital Los Banos to be treated for minor injuries.
Pinheiro said it had not been determined if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.
He said he did not know how long the crash caused Highway 152 to be shut down, but that it took some time for the morning commute to flow freely again.