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Santa Maria woman killed in Nipomo crash identified

The Santa Maria woman killed in a solo rollover crash in Nipomo early Saturday has been identified as Rubi Garcia, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Garcia, 27, was driving a 1999 Toyota RAV4 north on Highway 101 at 2:37 a.m. when, for reasons still unknown, her car veered off the east side of the highway about a mile south of Tefft Street, according to the CHP.

The SUV went onto a dirt shoulder and rolled several times before coming to a stop on its roof. The CHP says Garcia was wearing a seat belt but became trapped inside, so firefighters used Jaws of Life to extract her.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by a San Luis Obispo County coroner.

A CHP spokesman said Tuesday that the investigation into the crash remains ongoing and it is not yet known whether alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident.

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