Highway Patrol

Woman Killed in Vista Multi-Vehicle Crash

All traffic on westbound state Route 78 at Mar Vista Drive was diverted to Sycamore Avenue for most of Sunday morning after a 33-year-old woman from Oceanside was killed in a fatal chain-reaction crash overnight, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said.

The highway was reopened shortly before 4:30 p.m.

The woman drove her Toyota Corolla off the roadway to the right before veering to the left across traffic, striking the center divider around 2:15 a.m., CHP said. 

A 54-year-old man driving a Scion XB struck the Toyota, pushing it onto its side. The woman was ejected from the Toyota and later pronounced dead at the scene. 

A 38-year-old man driving a Scion XC also struck the Scion XB. 

The 54-year-old man was taken to the hospital with major injuries. The 38-year-old man and his two passengers were transported with minor injuries. 

The 38-year-old man and the 54-year-old man may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, CHP said. 

The investigation is ongoing.

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