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Renaissance High Student Killed in Afternoon Crash

A pickup and a VW Bug collided on San Andreas Road near Sunset Beach Road.

A Renaissance High student died following a crash Friday afternoon west of Watsonville, according to the California Highway Patrol and the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

"We lost a kid," Murry Schekman, the school district's assistant superintendent said Friday afternoon.

The 16-year-old Freedom girl was an upperclassmen at , a continuation high school on San Andreas Road, Schekman said.

"She was a well-liked girl out there," Schekman said. "There's a lot sad people today."

The crash occurred around 1:20 p.m. between a Chevy Silverado truck and the newer-model Volkswagen Beetle that the girl was driving. The vehicles collided near 596 San Andreas Rd., close to Sunset Beach Road, according to CHP officer Chris Micheels.

Officers believe the Bug was heading south and the Chevy was traveling north when the Chevy struck the passenger side of the Volkswagen, Micheels said.

Following the crash, both vehicles were found on the east side of San Andreas Road. Witnesses said a black pickup also may have been in the area or involved, Micheels said.

The girl didn't have a pulse when emergency crews arrived and CPR was started. She was pronounced dead at the scene and the coroner was called, according to emergency radio traffic.

A photo of the wrecked car on KSBW Action News 8's website showed the passenger's side of the white Bug crumpled.

The crash happened about two miles south of the school, a route many students take to get back to their Watsonville homes.

The Renaissance High principal, Artemisa Cortez, had heard sirens shortly after the crash and was trying to determine if any of her students had been affected, Schekman said. Shortly after that, she was contacted by emergency personnel who told her the girl had been killed.

Cortez said the school would have counseling services available for students and staff on Monday.

"The whole school is very sad," Schekman said Friday.

A pickup driver, a 67-year-old Watsonville man, suffered minor injuries in the crash, according to Micheels. He was taken to Watsonville Community Hospital for treatment.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor, though speed and the off-and-on rain may have been. The CHP is still investigating the cause of the crash.

The road is a two-lane rural thoroughfare that cuts through strawberry fields and rolling hills. It reopened around 3 p.m.

—Bay City News contributed to this report.

Joe Williams April 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I am really sad when there is a life that's taken from us. What a shame to lose this beautiful person. My God be with her family as she enter's the gate of Heaven.
David H. Perez April 14, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Such a heartbreaker. I hope the other driver that caused this now realizes the consequences of what a moment of inattention behind the wheel can have. I hope this young lady and her family find peace with all of this.
Nany Servin April 17, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Personally I didnt know her but my boyfriend did . They went to school together and when he heard about, he was pretty sad. I feel bad to because she was very beautiful and everyone that knew her said she was nice.
VANESSA BRADY April 19, 2012 at 12:03 AM
I AM DEVASTATED TO FIND OUT THIS BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL THAT WAS SO SWEET AND HAD THE HONOR TO MEER HER WHEN BUYING CHICKEN FOR MY SONS, AT WENDY'S IN WATSONVILLE. I LOVED TO TALK WITH HER ABOUT HER BEAUTIFUL HAIR AND JUST STILL AM IN SHOCK. I JUST CRIED WHEN VISITING WENDY'S TODAY TO FIND OUT THE HORRIFIC NEWS. SHE IS AN ANGEL!! AND WILL BE MISSED. VANESSA BRADY AND FAMILY 2012

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