Woman ejected from vehicle in fatal Nevada County crash

A woman died Tuesday evening when she was ejected from her SUV after losing control of the vehicle on a rural Nevada County road.

The crash occurred about 6:21 p.m. as the woman was driving southbound on Dog Bar Road north of Norvin Way, southeast of Grass Valley, in a black Toyota SUV. Witnesses reported that the SUV was being driven recklessly at a high speed and had been involved in a hit-and-run collision north of that location, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

As the SUV entered a curve in the roadway at high speed, the driver lost control and the vehicle traveled off the road in a southerly direction. The SUV hit a metal traffic sign and continued down an embankment, where it struck a tree and began to overturn, the news release said. As the vehicle overturned, the driver was ejected and landed on Norvin Way. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the CHP.

The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle, and alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, the news release said. The woman's name has not been released pending notification of family.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Officer J. Heggstrom at the CHP's Grass Valley Area Office, 530-477-4900.