FAIRFIELD — A 74-year-old woman was killed Monday afternoon when her 1957 Ford Fairlane drifted across three lanes of traffic on westbound Interstate 80 and hit an SUV.
The Solano County Coroner’s Office identified the woman Tuesday as Patricia Barrows of Santa Rosa.
Both vehicles came to rest several yards off the freeway in a grassy area near a westbound Interstate 80 onramp off Interstate 680. The occupants of the SUV were not hurt.
Sgt. Jeff Page of the California Highway Patrol said witnesses at the scene told him the Fairlane driver was traveling in the number 4 lane, veered into the number three lane, then back into the number four lane, then the number 5 lane, hitting the SUV.
The Fairlane ended up near a tree.
Barrows was not ejected but a heavy tree branch fell on her. She was declared dead on the scene at 3:53 p.m. The official cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force injuries, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
The cars were estimated to be traveling between 60 and 65 miles per hour, Page said.
The crash was reported at 3:40 p.m. Emergency crews quickly established a landing zone along Red Top Road for a medical helicopter, but canceled the request within minutes.
The crash did not prompt a regional traffic alert. No lanes were blocked.
Mike Corpos and Glen Faison contributed to this report. Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.