A 78-year-old San Jose woman died Sunday night after the car she was riding in overturned and was struck head-on along Interstate 680, the California Highway Patrol said.
Mai Le was a passenger in a 1997 Lexus traveling north when the crash occurred around 9:30 p.m., the CHP said. The car's driver was trying to change lanes to the exit lane approaching McKee Road when a car on the right traveled into his path.
It prompted the Lexus driver to swerve left to avoid a collision, but in doing so, she lost control and hit an embankment, causing the car to roll over until it landed back on its wheels, facing the wrong way on the freeway. The driver was trying to reorient the vehicle when a Mercedes SUV crashed into the car head-on, the CHP said.
The four San Jose residents in the Lexus, including the 41-year-old woman who was driving, a 73-year-old woman, a 16-year-old boy and Le, were taken to Regional Medical Center in San Jose with what were considered minor injuries, the CHP said. The Mercedes driver, a 44-year-old woman also from San Jose, had complaints of pain but refused medical treatment.
Once at the hospital, Le rapidly worsened and died around 11:10 p.m., the CHP said.
According to investigators, everyone involved in the crash was wearing seat belts, and there is no indication that drugs or alcohol were a factor.
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