SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. (KION)
UPDATE 3/9/2021 6 p.m. A 25-year-old Aptos woman has died as a result of a rollover crash on Freedom Boulevard Tuesday afternoon.
The California Highway Patrol said that at about 2 p.m. the driver of a Volvo XC went off the road for unknown reasons and hit the woman on the south shoulder. The Volvo then rolled over onto the shoulder.
The pedestrian died at the scene, and the passenger in the vehicle was airlifted to a local hospital for moderate injuries. The CHP said the driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but the CHP said officers do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor.
PREVIOUS STORY: The California Highway Patrol says the area around Freedom Boulevard and Day Valley Road is closed while they investigate a deadly crash.
According to Officer Alyssa Gutierrez, they believe a driver went off the road at the south edge of Freedom for unknown reasons and hit a pedestrian.
The female pedestrian was killed, and investigators were not able to release any details about her identity.
The driver, a 55-year-old woman from Aromas, is reportedly cooperating with investigators. The passenger in the vehicle was injured and airlifted to a hospital for treatment.
The CHP does not know when the road will reopen.