An elderly woman has tragically lost her life following a two-car crash in Napa, according to police. California authorities responded to the fatal car accident that claimed the life of a 78-year-old Napa woman. It is unclear whether the woman was responsible for the crash, but the Napa Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team is still working to determine the specifics of the accident. 

According to the report released, around 3:12 p.m. on Jan. 19, a grey SUV traveling northbound reportedly veered into southbound traffic for reasons unknown. This caused a head-on crash with a southbound passenger car. The force of the impact flipped the car onto its roof. One of the two drivers, the 78-year-old woman, was found unconscious in her vehicle and was extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel and bystanders. 

The woman was rushed to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead of her injuries. The other driver involved was not injured. Police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, but they have not ruled out other possible driver errors as potential factors. Their investigation is ongoing, and local police have asked for the support of any witnesses to the accident. 

It is unclear whether the deceased woman was the one who veered into oncoming traffic. If she was not, it might be possible for her family to seek a civil suit for wrongful death against the other driver involved in the fatal car accident. Proof of the other driver’s material error would be required for a California court to award damages to the family, but a criminal charge or conviction is not necessarily required for civil action to be taken.