Police in California say that a drunk driver caused a wrong-way accident in Marin County during the early morning hours of Aug. 19 that claimed the life of a 63-year-old Santa Rosa woman. The allegedly intoxicated driver was also seriously hurt in the crash, which took place on Highway 101 near the border between Marin and Sonoma counties at approximately 1:11 a.m. A third motorist suffered minor injuries after his pickup truck struck the accident wreckage.
A California Highway Patrol representative said that calls were received shortly before the crash about a vehicle traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 in the vicinity of San Antonio Road. Police report that a Honda minivan was traveling north at approximately 65 mph when it struck an oncoming Mercedes sedan head-on. Police say that the 47-year-old woman behind the wheel of the Mercedes may have believed that she was traveling in the southbound slow lane instead of the northbound fast lane.