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