Nipomo woman suffers major injuries in scooter crash

A Nipomo woman suffered major injuries after her scooter crashed into the back of a car Sunday morning.

About 7:50 a.m., Juan Jose Hernandez, 57, of Santa Maria was driving a 2010 Nissan Armada south on Highway 101, south of Tefft Street, and Bettina Annette Williams, 49, of Nipomo was riding a 2012 Yamaha Majesty scooter a few car lengths behind Hernandez, according to a CHP news release. Both vehicles were in the fast lane.

Hernandez partially entered the slow lane to attempt a left turn into the center median, because he intended to drive through a break in the guardrail, the news release said. Williams didn’t have enough time to react to Hernandez’s lane change, and the front of the scooter hit the left rear of the Nissan, according to the news release.

Williams was thrown from the scooter and hit the roadway. She was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria.

Alcohol or drugs did not play a role in the collision, according to the news release, and both drivers were wearing seat belts.

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