Los Banos

July 18, 2014

One dead in Gustine crash

A Stevinson woman was killed when two cars collided east of Gustine on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

A Stevinson woman was killed in a two-car collision east of Gustine on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Guillermo Ruiz, 32, of Morgan Hill, was driving a 2006 Honda Accord west on Highway 140 near Mud Slough when the accident occurred at 4:07 p.m. Patricia Willis, 69 was driving a 1997 Honda Civic in the opposite direction, the CHP said.

For an unknown reason, the CHP said, Ruiz turned the Accord to the right, driving onto the right shoulder of the road and striking the guardrail of the Mud Slough bridge.

Ruiz turned back to the left, and the Accord went across the road, into the path of the Civic, according to the release. The cars collided head-on. Willis was pronounced dead at the scene. Ruiz had minor injuries.

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