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Updated May 2, 2018 with identity of the victim.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by ECM news partner 10 News

May 1, 2018 (Spring Valley) – Maria Cristina Duran, a 35-year-old mother from Spring Valley, was driving a blue Kia SUV westbound on State Route 94 this morning near the Kenwood Drive exit when she swerved to avoid hitting a Honda Civic that had pulled in front of her. She crashed onto the center divide and the vehicle overturned, CHP reports. 

Duran, who was wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene, says California Highway Patrol Officer Ben Demarest.

Her son, 17, and daughter, 12, both passengers in the Kia, were transported to a hospital with minor injuries.

The Honda Civic, driven by a 23-year-old man, entered the freeway at Kenwood Drive and merged in front of the Kia.  The Honda driver was not injured.

Alcohol and drugs are not considered factors in the collision.  

The crash, which occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m., resulted in closure of a lane on the highway during the investigation.

If you have any information, contact Officer Demarest at (619)401-2000.