After a series of grisly crashes caused partly by the rain, Bay Area officials have advised drivers to slow down and be alert when travelling on slick roads.
The coroner's office was called to the scene of a fatal two-car collision in unincorporated Sonoma County Sunday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.
The accident was reported on the 4000 block of Porter Creek Road, north of Santa Rosa, at 8:27 a.m. A 27-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP Sgt. Brent Townsend said.
"Given the wet roads, she didn’t have as good of traction," Townsend said. "That’s what caused her to go sideways in front of the other vehicle when she tried to correct it real quick."
He added: "So slow down in the weather. It definitely makes a difference."
The victim’s car was smashed and on its side when police arrived at the scene, officials said.
A 6-year-old boy and an adult, believed to be in the second vehicle involved in the crash, were taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
Meanwhile, another two-car accident took place just after 11 a.m. on D Street in Petaluma.
CHP officials said one of the drivers was intentionally spinning his tires on the wet pavement when he lost control and hit a family in a small pickup truck.
"He was trying to make the back end (of the car) drift on the wet roadway and lost control and went into the path of the other vehicle," Townsend said.
Everyone was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries.