Apple employee identified as victim in fatal Santa Clara crash

A woman who died in a vehicle collision in Santa Clara early Sunday after the ride-hailing service car she was traveling in was broadsided by another vehicle has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as 28-year-old Carol Major.

Major was in the back seat of the car with another passenger who suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash reported shortly after 1:20 a.m. Sunday at Lawrence Expressway and Poinciana Drive. Both passengers and the ride-hailing driver were hospitalized, and Major died at the hospital due to her injuries.

Major was a resident of Santa Clara and had worked for Apple for more than three years, according to her LinkedIn profile. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in bioengineering in 2013 after completing high school in Southern California.

Claudio Perez was arrested at the scene and was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of murder, auto theft, driving under the influence while causing an injury, and a probation violation.

Perez had fled from officers in Sunnyvale in a stolen Honda Accord and allegedly ran a red light at the intersection where the crash occurred, Santa Clara police said.