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SLO woman killed in Highway 101 crash near Paso Robles

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A San Luis Obispo woman was killed early Tuesday in a collision of a car and tractor-trailer on Highway 101 in North County.

The incident occurred about 4:50 a.m. on northbound Highway 101 near Wellsona Road, just north of Paso Robles, according to the CHP. Nathan Martin, 44, of San Luis Obispo, was driving south in a 2003 Saab sedan when the vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Lazaro Perez, 29, of Miami Lakes, Florida.

The tractor-trailer was making a left turn from eastbound Wellsona Road onto northbound Highway 101 and went across the southbound lanes toward the median. The front of the Saab collided with the rear tires of the tractor-trailer.

Martin and his passenger, Rebecca Golde, 40, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, were extracted from the Saab and treated by paramedics.

Golde died of her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene; Martin was transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment. He was listed as being in serious condition in the intensive care unit Tuesday afternoon, hospital spokesman Ron Yukelson said.

Lazaro was not injured in the collision.

A CHP investigation remains ongoing, and alcohol or drug impairment has not been ruled out as a cause of the crash, CHP Officer Patrick Seebart said.

The intersection of Wellsona Road and Highway 101, where drivers frequently must cross fast-moving traffic, has been the site of numerous fatal- and major-injury crashes.

Four people were killed in a collision at the intersection on Christmas Eve in 2014, when the driver of a Chrysler Town and Country van attempted to turn left onto westbound Wellsona Road. The van hit the trailer of a tractor-trailer, which was crossing southbound lanes on Highway 101.

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

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