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September 25, 2023

Watsonville woman dies in DUI crash

WATSONVILLE—A Watsonville woman died in a two-vehicle crash late Saturday night on Holohan Road in Watsonville.

According to California Highway Patrol officer Israel Murillo, Breanna Romero, 26, was driving north in a 2015 Hyundai Elantra around 10:20pm. The driver of a  Volvo XC90 was traveling southbound on Holohan Road, approaching Grimmer Road at an undetermined speed. For unknown reasons the driver of the Volvo crossed over the solid double yellow lines and collided head on with the Hyundai. 

Despite lifesaving efforts by emergency officials, Romero suffered fatal injuries. Her passenger, a 25-year-old woman from Moreno Valley, suffered major injuries and was taken to Natividad Hospital. 

Murillo said the driver of the Volvo, Angelica Varon, 38, of Watsonville was arrested on suspicion of DUI and was also taken to Natividad with major injuries. The passenger, a 25-year-old Watsonville man, self-transported to Watsonville Hospital with major injuries. 

Police believe that drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.

The incident is still under investigation.

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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