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Santa Maria woman killed in one-car crash in Nipomo

A 27-year-old Santa Maria woman was killed when her car veered off Highway 101 and rolled in south Nipomo early Saturday.

The woman was driving a 1999 Toyota RAV4 north on Highway 101 at 2:37 a.m. when for unknown reasons, she drove off the east side of the highway 1.3 miles south of Tefft Street, according to a CHP news release. She lost control of the Toyota as it went onto the dirt shoulder, causing the vehicle to roll several times and come to a stop on its roof. The woman was wearing a seat belt but was trapped inside, so firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extract her, the release said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by a San Luis Obispo County coroner. Authorities have not released her name.

Officials are investigating whether alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident. Any witnesses are asked to contact the CHP’s San Luis Obispo office.

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