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March 20, 2023

Watsonville fatal crash victim ID’d

WATSONVILLE—The 29-year-old woman who died after she was struck by a car on Jan. 6 in Watsonville has been identified as Aubrey Newell, said Ashley Keehn, spokeswoman for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office.

Newell was walking across Main Street near Rodriguez Street in a crosswalk at 11:54pm when she was hit. She died a short while later at an unnamed hospital.

Michelle Pulido, spokeswoman for Watsonville Police, said police do not believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the incident.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. 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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