Fatal Multi-Vehicle Collision on Highway 99
An unidentified 93-year-old woman was killed as the result of a multi-vehicle collision on Wednesday morning.
CHP reported that three vehicles collided on November 10th on Highway 99 at 9:28 a.m.
The deadly collision involved a 2018 Toyota, 2016 Mazda and 2005 Lexus.
Per reports, the Toyota driven by the elderly woman was southbound when it entered the left turn lane. During this time the Mazda and Lexus were traveling northbound in the first and second lanes.
The woman reportedly failed to yield and turned directly in front of both the Mazda and Lexus.
As a result, the Mazda collided with the Toyota then struck the Lexus after rotating out of control.
The 93-year-old woman was rushed to a hospital nearby where she later succumbed to her injuries.
Additionally, the other two drivers were hospitalized with unspecified injuries.
It has been estimated by the NHTSA that the majority of those killed in car accidents involve those aged 65 and older. Approximately 70% of the deaths in 2019 were either an older driver or passenger (65 and older). Older driver deaths accounted for 57.6% of traffic deaths while 12.1% of those deaths were passengers 65+.
While older drivers may feel more experienced driving, it is important to realize the vulnerabilities they face on the road. When we age our awareness, mental reaction, vision and motor controls are all impacted and we may not be as sharp in those areas as we once were. Weather conditions, driving at night as well as heavy traffic are all things that may become more challenging as we age.
This loss of independence can be difficult for older drivers to accept so turning to loved ones for advice and comfort may be helpful.