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One dead, two seriously hurt in Hwy 129 crash

WATSONVILLE—A Gilroy woman died and two other people were seriously injured in a three-car crash on Highway 129 west of Old Chittenden Road Wednesday.

California Highway Patrol officer Alyssa Gutierrez said that around 4:20pm Henry Dalrymple, 28, of Watsonville, was driving a 2014 Honda Odyssey westbound on Hwy 129 while a 2016 Nissan Sentra, driven by Rosalba Gonzalez, 57, of Gilroy, was traveling eastbound.

For unknown reasons, both vehicles crashed head-on. 

Following the collision, a 1992 Acura Integra, driven by Armando Valencia, 54, of Royal Oaks, traveling westbound on Hwy 129, collided with the Honda. 

Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene, Gutierrez said. The Dalrymple and Valencia were both taken to Natividad Medical Center by helicopter.  

It is unknown at this time if drugs and/or alcohol were a factor in the crash, Gutierrez said. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call Officer J. Jimenez at the CHP Santa Cruz Area Office at 831-662-0511.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.

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