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Woodland woman leaves car on I-5 shoulder, fatally struck by truck

By Benjy Egel And Anthony Sorci

begel@sacbee.com

November 30, 2017 07:54 AM

A Woodland woman was fatally struck by a truck Thursday morning on Interstate 5 after exiting from a van that stopped on the right shoulder of the freeway, the California Highway Patrol reported.

She was identified by the Yolo County Coroner’s Office as 66-year-old Noelia Mata.

The CHP received a call about 6:10 a.m. about a traffic collision on northbound I-5, north of County Road 99, according to a CHP news release. Following a preliminary investigation, CHP officers determined that a 28-year-old man from Delhi (Merced County) driving a Freightliner truck observed a 2011 Toyota on the right shoulder.

As his truck approached the Toyota, he saw a female exit from the driver side of the van and walk into the right lane. The driver applied the brakes to his truck but was unable to stop the vehicle before fatally striking the pedestrian, the CHP said.

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Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision, according to the CHP. The collision remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact the CHP’s Woodland Area office at 530-662-4685.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel