A 57-year-old Colusa woman died this afternoon in a collision on Highway 99 in Sutter County.
The collision occurred about 4:05 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol, a 19-year-old Yuba City man was driving a 2002 Ford Escape eastbound on O’Banion Road, south of Yuba City, approaching Highway 99, and failed to stop at the stop sign. He entered Highway 99 directly in the path of a southbound 2004 Chevrolet Impala.
The driver of the Impala, a 60-year-old man from Colusa, did not have time to apply his brakes, and the front of the Impala struck the driver’s side of the Escape, according to a CHP news release. Both vehicles traveled across the northbound lane of Highway 99 and came to rest on their wheels in the No. 2 northbound lane of the highway and the northbound right-turn lane onto eastbound O’Banion Road.
The Colusa woman, one of two passengers in the Impala, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and the other passenger, a 25-year-old man, also of Colusa, were taken by ambulance to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville. The names of the deceased woman and the other occupants of the Impala have not been released, pending notification of family.
The driver of the Escape, identified by the CHP as Sukhpreet S. Shokar, was taken by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville.
The cause of the collision is under investigation, and CHP officials said it is not known whether drugs or alcohol were factors.
Traffic on northbound Highway 99 was funneled into one lane for about two hours following the collision. The roadway was completely reopened shortly after 6 p.m.