Woman killed, pregnant woman taken to hospital after head-on collision Ocean Beach

Accident on West Point Loma Blvd

Ocean Beach - An investigation was underway Monday into a two-car crash in Ocean Beach that left a 31-year-old woman dead and a pregnant woman hospitalized for observation.

Crystal Noel Banducci was fatally injured on West Point Loma Boulevard about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

Banducci, a San Diego resident, was driving a Honda CRX east when, for unknown reasons, she veered into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a westbound Toyota Camry, the Medical Examiner's Office reported. She died at the scene.

The driver of the Camry, a 40-year-old pregnant woman, was hospitalized for observation, San Diego police Officer David Stafford said.

Neighbors talked with 10News about witnessing the crash.

“The second I heard that crash I ran out into the road,” said Ocean Beach resident Edwin Larsen.

Larsen said he ran to help the woman driving the crumpled red Honda CRX.

“Right when I ran up, I yelled at people, ‘dial 9-1-1 because this is not good,'" said Larsen.

He said he made eye contact with the pregnant woman driving the Toyota Camry.

 “I looked at the lady in the blue car and I asked her how she was doing . She looked shocked, but she said she was fine,” Larsen said. "Other neighbors add that the woman’s dog in the back seat was also okay."

“I knew that something had happened because everybody was standing outside looking over here,” said Yvonne Larsen.

She said cars and motorcycles in this area rarely drive by the posted speed of 25 mph, the later it gets in the day.

“As it gets later with less traffic, they go faster, and you can hear from the window, ‘shoom.’ they just fly right on by," Yvonne said.

She says along this stretch of W. Point Loma Boulevard, it's a blind curve.

“I'm really surprised…she must have been going pretty fast," said Yvonne.

San Diego police traffic investigators say there were no skid marks, but the 32-year-old woman who died in the crash was not wearing a seatbelt.

"The fire department used the jaws of life to get her and they just had to pretty much take the car apart to get her out,” said Lt. Steve Hutchinson of the San Diego Police Department told 10News.

While her cell phone was recovered at the scene, it's unclear if she was using it when she hit the blue sedan head-on.

“It's possible that it could have been distracted driving but we don't know that right now. We're just trying to figure that out,” Lt. Hutchinson said.

When we asked police if alcohol may have been a factor in this crash, we were told while that is unclear, there were several open containers found near the red car.  It’s uncertain if they opened in the impact of the crash.

There's still no update on the pregnant woman who we’re told was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center for observation.

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