Woodside woman dies after head-on collision


Woodside resident Patricia Woodrow, 59, died Sunday (July 4) from injuries suffered in a head-on collision on U.S. 101 in Mendocino County, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol.

She died in a helicopter air ambulance on the way to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the CHP said.

Woodrow, alone in a 2003 Honda CRV, was headed south on 101 at a speed of 50 to 55 mph. At around 5:30 p.m. near Old Sherwood Road she apparently crossed the double yellow lines into the northbound lane and collided with a 1997 Toyota T100 pickup truck occupied by Berkeley residents Paul Webb, 58, and Monica Winu, age unknown, the CHP said.

Both Webb, who was driving, and Winu suffered major injuries, the CHP said. Webb was taken by ground to Howard Hospital in the city of Willits and Winu was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the collision.

Medics found the two vehicles blocking both lanes and had to extricate Woodrow from her car, the CHP said.

— Almanac staff

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Posted by CRV owner
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jul 12, 2010 at 10:52 am

A head-on with a larger vehicle will do it every time. Think 120 mph or so. I'm sorry for all the victims and their families. I downsized to a CRV thinking it was still fairly safe (5 stars) but not when that happens. Wonder if she got distracted or had a medical event?

Despite fuel consumption, I still hear people saying they want the mass of a large vehicle to raise their odds of surviving a collision.

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Posted by don't blame the car
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Just as easy to crash into a brick wall as drive into oncoming traffic. A gas guzzler is not the solution to this type of problem.

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