Driver Killed in Head-On Crash With Big Rig in Gardena ID’d as 22-Year-Old Woman

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A 22-year-old woman was killed when a car collided head-on with a big rig in Gardena on Dec. 23, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A 22-year-old woman who was killed in a head-on crash with a big rig in Gardena was identified by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Thursday.

Ruth Navas died after a collision around 4 p.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of El Segundo Boulevard.

Navas was headed westbound on El Segundo in a black Nissan Sentra when the car clipped a big rig that was stopped in the center turning lane and spun out of control. The sedan ended up in eastbound lanes, where it was struck head-on by a different big rig, according to Officer Dan Zuleta of the California Highway Patrol.

Navas was pronounced deceased at the scene, a Los Angeles County Fire Department battalion chief said. She was initially identified by a CHP official as a 23-year-old woman from Los Angeles.

The coroner’s office gave her age as 22, but did not provide information about where she had resided.

The Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to extricate a juvenile passenger, described only as a girl in her early-to-mid teens.  She was transported to an area trauma center.

Authorities said in the hours after the fatal crash that they were investigating witness reports that the driver was using her cellphone at the time of the first collision.

However, a cause has yet to be determined.

KTLA’s Stephen Acosta contributed to this story. 


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