Grandmother Dies in Car Accident on Way to Disneyland

Family was headed to Disneyland when a car struck them from behind

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Mark Leimbach
    CHP officers believe seatbelts saved those inside this vehicle

    A family's trip to Disneyland took a deadly turn Wednesday morning, after their car was struck and overturned onto a divider, killing the family's 66-year-old grandmother

    The accident occurred Wednesday morning at about 6:30 when the driver of a Nissan Altima swerved to avoid being sideswiped by another car on Sorrento Valley Boulevard, according to a CHP statement.

    The driver of the Altima struck a Rav-4 carrying a family of five, which overturned onto concrete divider, precariously balancing 30 feet above a Caltrans worksite.

    The workers attempted to pull the Rav-4 back over the guard rail and were able to assist some of the victims out of the vehicle.

    Grandmother Dies in Car Accident

    [DGO] Grandmother Dies in Car Accident
    A woman died after a car rolled over a guard rail on Sorrento Valley Boulevard shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Brandi Powell spoke to Laurie Berman of Caltrans and Steve Toth with the CHP about the workers who came to the rescue of the family members inside the car.

    The five victims included three adults, a grandmother and an 8-year-old boy. The driver suffered broken ribs and cuts and bruises. His wife suffered minor injuries.

    The 8-year-old boy and a 22-year-old passenger were both taken to the hospital with cuts and bruises.

    The grandmother died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to California Highway Patrol officer Art Athans. She was a San Diego resident.

    The Medical Examiner's office has yet to release her name.

    SigAlert issued a warning and cars were backed up on northbound 805 from Interstate 8 up to the accident site for nearly three hours. The SigAlert was canceled around 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

    CHP is looking for witnesses to the collision or information on the suspected hit-and run vehicle, described as a beige or silver Honda sedan.

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