An out-of-control Honda Accord crashed into the back of a California Highway Patrol car that was stopped along Interstate Highway 580 in Livermore Saturday morning, killing a passenger in the Honda, a CHP spokesman said.
The Alameda County coroner's bureau later identified the woman as Lan Thi Ngo, 61. She was riding in the passenger seat of a Honda
Accord when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the CHP car
parked in the center divide of the 580 freewat.
Ngo was pronounced dead at the scene at about 9:45 a.m., the coroner's bureau said.
A CHP officer had stopped to assist with a non-injury car accident that was reported at about 9:20 a.m. just west of First Street, CHP spokesman Officer Steve Creel said.
The officer had parked the patrol car in the center divide, which is unusually wide at that spot because a high-occupancy vehicle lane is being added there, Creel said.
About 15 minutes later, a westbound black Honda Accord driven by a 70-year-old Sacramento man went out of control for unknown reasons and skidded into the center divide area, Creel said.
The side of the Accord struck the rear of the CHP car, killing Ngo and injuring the driver. The driver was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with moderate injuries, Creel said.
The CHP officer was outside the car at the time of the crash and was not injured.
It remains unclear why the man lost control of the Accord, but Creel said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
The crash blocked the westbound No. 1 lane for nearly three hours. The roadway was cleared at 12:18 p.m.