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Sahel Jasmine Heydari died in a car crash near San Miguel on Thursday

A Cupertino woman died Thursday night after crashing her car north of San Miguel.

Sahel Jasmine Heydari, 19, and her passenger, Alyssa Dawn Williams, 18, were driving home to the Bay Area after finishing finals at a college in the Santa Barbara area. The two had been friends since high school.

Heydari, of Cupertino, was driving her 2005 Infinity G35 northbound in the fast lane on Highway 101 at 7 p.m. when she lost control of the car, according to the CHP. The Infinity began to rotate clockwise before sliding across the slow lane. As the car went over the right shoulder, it hit a streetlight pole near the North Mission Street ramp.

The car hit the pole near the driver's side, and Heydari was pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams, of Santa Clara, had moderate injuries, including abdominal pain, and was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital.

Both women were wearing seatbelts and the airbags were deployed.

The road was wet from rain, and speed and worn tires are thought to have contributed to the crash, according to the CHP. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

-Larissa Doust

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