A Gridley woman was killed last Wednesday afternoon when her SUV drifted off a road and struck a walnut tree near Princeton, the CHP said.
“At approximately 3:28 PM, the female driver was traveling southbound on Highway 45, in a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban, at an unknown speed when for unknown reasons, she allowed her vehicle to travel off the roadway,” said Officer John Waggoner of the California Highway Patrol. “The vehicle then collided with a walnut tree.”
Waggoner said that no one else was in the vehicle and that the driver was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the collision.
The driver was identified as Jennifer Patteson of Gridley.
“Due to the severity of the collision, the driver sustained fatal injuries,” said Waggoner.
It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this collision.