Update: Woman Killed in San Mateo Bridge Crash Identified

Marisol Morales, 24, of Hayward, was in the back seat of 2000 Honda that slowed down for a flat tire when an SUV struck the car from behind.

A woman who was killed early Thursday morning in a crash on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge has been identified as 24-year-old Hayward resident Marisol Morales, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office.

Morales was in the back seat of a 2000 Honda that sustained a flat tire in the westbound lanes of the bridge at about 3:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver of the Honda turned on the vehicle's hazard lights and slowed down, but a Range Rover traveling in the same lane failed to stop for the disabled car and struck it from behind, the CHP said.

Morales was unconscious and not breathing when she was pulled from the heavily damaged car, according to the CHP.

Arriving officers and paramedics were unable to revive her, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Honda suffered minor facial cuts and the driver of the Range Rover was not injured. Drugs or alcohol were not believed to be a factor in the crash, and no one was arrested.

Anyone who might have witnessed the incident is asked to contact CHP Officer Aquino at (650) 369-6261.

-- Bay City News Service

Tamerlane December 14, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Don't follow so closely that you don't have time to stop in an emergency situation!!! This is THE most heinous crime committed on the highway next to texting while driving. Worse than speeding. Worse than rolling through a stop sign. Worse even than having a mild buzz. I see this every day and it makes me so angry! You gotta leave some space, people!
Belinda December 15, 2012 at 04:22 AM
The driver of the Range Rover must not have been paying attention to the road! I believe he is responsible for the death that occurred. If the Honda had the hazard lights on there is no way, had he been paying attention where he was driving, that he would not of seen the vehicle! It's so negligent of this driver!
lwheavenly December 17, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Following too close or not paying attention while driveing is very dangerous. People forget to drive not only for themselves but for others too. For some strange reason, people get behind the wheel of a car and lose thier minds...This is a tragedy that could've been avoided IF drivers are aware fo their surroundings. When you are aware of your surroundings, it simply means you are paying attention.
Michael Studdon December 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM
We know that the Range Rover weighed much more than the lighter Honda and, therefore, the momentum is much greater and would do a lot of damage to the little Honda. This is why drivers of Prius' and other light weight vehicles ALWAYS far much worse than the drivers of heavier cars. It's a dirty little secret that not many people understand. That is, that the Federal fuel mandates (i.e., government regulations) end up killing tens of thousands of people every year. It's no joke. Drive a little car, but do so with full knowledge of the risks. If you get hit by a bigger vehicle, you may die.


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