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Elk Grove woman dies in blowout

An Elk Grove woman was killed near Gustine on Sunday night after the car she was riding in blew a tire and overturned on northbound Interstate 5, authorities said.

Lolita Buenviaje, 49, died after she was ejected from the car. She was the only one of the five people in the 2005 Chevrolet who was not wearing a seat belt, according to officer Eric Parsons of the California Highway Patrol.

The driver, Arnel Buen- viaje, 46, of Elk Grove, suffered major injuries and was airlifted to Memorial Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Three other passengers, including two teenagers, suffered minor injuries and were taken to Doctors Medical Center.

Parsons said Arnel Buen- viaje was driving at about 70 mph just north of the Pete Miller Road overcrossing just west of Gustine when a witness said the car began swerving.

The car then veered left, and Arnel Buenviaje lost control. The car overturned several times in the dirt and grass near the center median, the CHP said.

The accident is under investigation. Alcohol and drugs did not appear to play a role, Parsons said.

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