Woman killed in crash caused by driver allegedly talking on a cell phone

BARSTOW, Calif. ( A 60-year-old Helendale woman died as a result of injuries sustained during a traffic collision caused by a distracted driver Thursday afternoon, officials said.

At 1:06 pm, California Highway Patrol Officers responded to old State Route 58 reference a traffic collision involving a Toyota Tacoma and a Chevrolet Tahoe.

According to officials, a Tacoma occupied by a 61-year-old man and a 60-year-old female passenger were traveling westbound on old Highway 58 at approximately 60 mph. A 27-year-old woman driving a Tahoe with her 7 and 9-year-old children was heading eastbound when she slowed down to make a left turn into a residence at 25796 old SR-58.

Officials say the woman in the Tahoe was “talking on her cell phone and was distracted by her passengers” when she made a left turn directly into the path of the truck.

“She continued her left turn directly in the path of the Toyota. The Tahoe made a left turn in an attempt to avoid a collision. The right side of the Toyota impacted the right front of the Tahoe, causing the right front passenger of the Toyota to be trapped,” CHP officials said in a news release.

The passenger, later identified as Wanda Iris Romero was extricated and rushed to Barstow Community Hospital (BCH) where she was going to be flown to a trauma center. Romero succumbed to her injuries at 2:24 pm.

According to CHP officers, alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the collision.

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