March 13, 2014 (Alpine) – A young woman driving a Jeep Cherokee at a high rate of speed lost control when she braked and swerved to avoid a slow-moving vehicle on I-8 west of Tavern Road in Alpine last night at 5:20 p.m., California Highway Patrol reports. The Jeep plunged down an embankment, trapping her inside. She died at the scene.
A 21-year-old man in the passenger seat suffered major life-threatening injuries. He was transported by Mercy Air to Sharp Memorial Hospital. In addition, a 1-year-old baby secured in a car seat in the back sustained minor injuries and was taken by ground ambulance to Children’s Hospital.
The collision is under investigation, however it appears that alcohol and drugs were not factors in the accident, CHP reports.