The body of 58-year-old West Sacramento woman has been found inside a vehicle that went into the Sacramento River this morning.
Officer Cindy Leal, a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol, said the a CHP 911 dispatcher spent about 10 minutes on the phone with the woman who called to report that she was inside a vehicle that had gone into the river off Old River Road.
Leal said the woman worked at Cache Creek Casino had is believed to have been on her way home to West Sacramento when she phoned her daughter and said she didn't think the brakes on her car were working. At 8:11 a.m., the CHP dispatch center received a call from the woman, who said she was inside the car in the river. Leal said there was some difficulty in communicating because the woman spoke Punjabi and it took a few minutes to find someone who spoke the language. Leal said the connection was lost after about 10 minutes.
CHP officers located tire tracks at the point where family members believed the vehicle went into the river and divers were summoned.
Leal said the vehicle, a 2009 Toyota Camry, was located about 2:30 p.m. near Monument Bend, about a quarter-mile downstream from where it was thought to have entered the river. The woman's body was found inside.
The woman's name has not been released.
Leal said investigators have not had time to check the vehicle for mechanical malfunctions. She said the woman had no known health conditions that would have contributed to the crash, nor is it believed that alcohol or drugs were factors.
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