Woman killed in traffic collision on Highway 101 identified

- The Sonoma County coroner's office has identified a woman who was killed in a vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 101 near Petaluma on Tuesday night as Diana Bernabe-Munoz, 25, of Santa Rosa.

Bernabe-Munoz was driving a 2009 Toyota Camry on northbound Highway 101 north of San Antonio Road around 7:20 p.m. when the Camry swerved aggressively to the left and crossed a 12-inch dirt center median, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

The Camry went directly into the path of a southbound 2014 Ford Explorer driven by Peter Rosell, 63, of Novato.

The front of the Explorer struck the passenger side of the Camry, causing fatal injuries to Bernabe-Munoz, the only occupant of the Camry, Sloat said.

Rosell suffered minor injuries and was taken to Marin General Hospital.

The collision left debris across all of the southbound lanes of Highway 101, stopping all traffic until one lane reopened around 8:30 p.m., Sloat said.

All lanes reopened at 11:03 p.m.

A witness to the collision said the Camry was cut off by a merging vehicle.

The witness gave the CHP a license plate number, Sloat said.

The collision is still under investigation.


CONTACT: CHP Officer Jon Sloat (707) 588-1400

Sonoma County coroner's office (707) 565-5070 

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