Father Watches Daughter Die in Car Accident

Fatal car accident claims life of a 25-year-old San Diego woman

By Sarah Grieco and Nicole Gonzales
|  Friday, Dec 30, 2011  |  Updated 8:41 AM PDT
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Father Watches Daughter Die in Car Accident

Hamabata and her father Rob Rambeau stand together at her graduation ceremony.

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Father Watches Daughter Die in Car Accident

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A 25-year-old woman died Wednesday night after she was ejected from her newly purchased 1955 Chevrolet pickup in a car accident.

San Diego resident Wendy Hamabata was driving along NB I-805 near East H Street around 4:45 p.m. yesterday when she lost control of the vehicle.

The car swerved left and struck a median wall before turning over, according to California Highway Patrol. Hamabata was then thrown from the truck, that was manufactured without seat belts, according to CHP Officer Art Athans. 

Rob Rambeau, Hamabaa's father, was driving behind her when the incident occurred, Athans said.

He saw Hamabata flew through her windshield. She died instantly.

“You never want to see your child hurt," Rambeau said.  "When I walked up to her, I knew she was gone."

She was pronounced dead on the scene by first responders, who cited obvious trauma for reason of death.

Hamabata had recently graduated with a Bachelors degree in psychology. She was just promoted at work, where she counseled troubled youth.

The car will be examined to see if a mechanical problem may have been responsible for the crash.

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