San Andreas, CA — The CHP San Andreas unit has identified the now deceased driver who caused last Friday’s fatal crash in Copperopolis.
Today, with next of kin notifications now complete, CHP spokesperson Officer Rebecca Myers states that it was 88-year-old Margaret Howery, a Copperopolis resident, who died at the scene of a head on collision after inexplicably crossing double yellow lines while northbound on O’Byrnes Ferry Road just south of Copper Cove Drive. The incident occurred Friday afternoon in the three o’clock hour, as reported here.
Howery, driving a 2007 Suzuki Forenza, reportedly headed straight into a southbound 2002 Dodge Ram pickup driven by 61-year-old Bert Allen Darling, of Twain Harte, who was not able to avoid her vehicle. He sustained minor injuries and was subsequently transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center for treatment. The accident scene subsequently remained tied up into the 6 p.m. hour.
Officer Myers shares that both drivers were wearing seatbelts and while neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the crash, a coroner’s report is still pending that may determine if Howery was suffering from a medical condition or emergency at the time of the accident.