Driver Dies when Exiting Vehicle after a Crash

Driver Dies when Exiting Vehicle after a Crash

A Tustin woman died in one of a series of crashes on Wednesday morning on the Northbound 405 Freeway in Costa Mesa. In all, there were four traffic collisions that happened just after 5 a.m.

According to California Highway Patrol, the first crash was minor, between two cars traveling north near Harbor Blvd.

Following this collision, the driver and passenger of a Toyota Corolla exited their vehicle. The driver was behind her car when she was then struck by an Audi SUV.

The impact from the SUV pushed her and the Corolla into a Chevrolet Impala. The collision then forced the Impala on to the Harbor Blvd off-ramp where it was hit by a Toyota Prius.

Authorities later identified the driver of the Corolla as 42-year-old Altagracia Cruz Penaloza of Tustin. Her 18-year old daughter who also exited the vehicle was not injured.

Six lanes of traffic shut down for almost 5 hours following the crashes. Traffic backed up more than 2 miles.  All lanes of the highway reopened by 9:45 a.m.

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Source: Los Angeles Times

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