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Passenger dies from injuries sustained in crash near Avila Beach

Posted at 10:24 AM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 22:34:57-04

(Update 3/18/19) – The California Highway Patrol says one person died following a crash near Avila Beach last week.

CHP says passenger Bong Lee, 84, suffered blunt force trauma and was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after the Wednesday morning crash on Monte Road near Avila Beach Drive.

Three other people in the car, identified as Yoon Kim, 51, Minna Kim, 57, and Young Kong, 61, all suffered injuries when the vehicle went down a steep embankment, partially overturned and collided with a tree.

All four were from Milpitas, California.

CHP says the driver, Yoon Kim, made an “unsafe movement” while trying to enter onto Highway 101 from Monte Road causing the minivan to go off the road.

According to the CHP news release, Lee was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the collision.

The crash remains under investigation.

Drugs or alcohol are not suspected as factors in the crash.


(Original Story 3/13/19) – Four people were hurt when a minivan went off the side of the road into a gully near Avila Beach on Wednesday.

It happened at about 11 a.m. on Monte Rd. near Avila Beach Dr.

First responders say two people suffered serious injuries and the other two had minor injuries.

The driver was trapped by the dashboard of the vehicle and firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to free the person.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Monte Rd. was closed while emergency crews responded to the scene and crews worked to remove the wreckage.