A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A police cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

A 29-year-old Los Angeles woman was killed while driving her 2011 Toyota on Interstate 5 in the Fresno area, authorities said Monday.

The three-vehicle hit-and-run crash happened at 7:48 a.m. Saturday on the 5 Freeway south of Utica Avenue in Coalinga, California Highway Patrol Officer Ryan Camara reported.

The Los Angeles woman was driving northbound on the 5 when an unidentified motorist in a red or maroon sedan slammed into the passenger side of her car causing her to lose control, cross over the center median to the southbound lanes and crash head-on into a southbound 2008 Toyota driven by a San Lorenzo man, Camara said.

“After the collision the driver of the red/maroon sedan continued northbound on Interstate 5 and fled the scene,” he said.

The Los Angeles woman was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, where she was pronounced dead, Camara said. Her name was not immediately released pending family notification. She was the only occupant of her car.

Three of the four people in the 2008 Toyota that was hit head-on were treated at hospitals for minor injuries, Camara said. A 48-year-old woman passenger in the 2008 Toyota was hospitalized with moderate injuries.

—City News Service

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