San Jose Woman Killed in 3-Car Crash on Highway 101 Identified

A San Jose woman was killed Thursday when she was ejected from her car on U.S. Highway 101 in a three-car accident that injured three other people, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The woman who died in the crash was identified Friday as Maria Moreno Marquez, 45, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

At about 5:35 p.m. Thursday, the driver of a 1997 Lexus headed north on Highway 101 just south of Montague Expressway in Santa Clara collided with a 1994 Nissan driven by Marquez, the CHP reported.

One of the two cars then collided with another car, a 2006 Honda, the Lexus and Nissan both rolled over and Marquez was thrown from her car, according to the CHP.

Officers who responded to the accident determined that Marquez had not been wearing her safety restraint properly, the CHP reported.

Marquez was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, the CHP said.

A passenger in Marquez's car, Maria Herrera, 52, of Santa Clara, who was not using a safety restraint, was treated for moderate injuries at the medical center, according to the CHP.

The driver of the Lexus, Crystal Lee, 23, of San Jose, and the driver of the Honda, Michelle Hyde, 27, of Palo Alto, were transported to the center suffering from minor injuries.

Lee and Hyde were wearing their safety equipment, the CHP said.

There is no evidence that alcohol or drugs were factors in the accident and no one has been arrested or cited, the CHP said.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, the CHP reported.

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