MADERA COUNTY — A 64-year-old Madera woman was killed in a crash on Highway 99, south of Dry Creek, in Madera County about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The woman's name was being withheld until authorities could notify her family.
The CHP said the victim was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Corsica southbound on the freeway at an undetermined speed. Officers said Jason Blair, 35, of Chowchilla was driving a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, also going southbound on Highway 99, but ahead of the Corsica.
Blair told officers he wasn't aware that the Corsica was approaching his pickup until he felt it hit the rear of his vehicle. He said he momentarily lost control of his truck but managed to get the vehicle safely stopped.
After rear-ending the pickup, the CHP said, the Corsica slid across the roadway toward the east, collided with a guardrail, careened back onto the highway briefly and then spun into the median. It came to rest against the guardrail facing north.
Blair and a witness gave aid to the Corsica's driver, officers said, but she sustained fatal injuries in the crash. The woman was not wearing a seat belt, according to the CHP.
The crash remains under investigation.