A woman was killed late Monday on Highway 16 in Amador County after a California Highway Patrol officer reportedly rear-ended the victim while preparing to chase another vehicle, authorities said.
The incident occurred near Welsh Pond Road in rural Amador County at 10:56 p.m. Monday, according to a CHP news release. A female officer from the Amador area office was traveling westbound on Highway 16 and observed a vehicle in the opposite direction that was speeding.
The 49-year-old officer was preparing to make a turn to pursue that vehicle when she failed to notice a 2004 Toyota Camry in front of her that was also traveling westbound, CHP said. The officer hit the Camry, sending that car into the opposite lane where it collided into a 2005 Toyota Matrix traveling eastbound.
The driver of the Camry, identified by the Amador County Coroner as Alice Suzanne Goudie, 64, died at the scene. The Matrix driver and CHP officer both suffered moderate injuries and were transported to the hospital.
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Public records showed Goudie lived on Welsh Pond Road, not far from the crash site.
CHP officials declined to reveal the name of the officer and whether or not the officer had been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.