The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the death of 25-year-old Natasha Noland, who was killed after she and another woman were ejected from a party bus late Friday night, a CHP spokesman said.
The fatal accident occurred just before midnight on state Highway 17 near state Highway 9 in Los Gatos, CHP officer D.J. Sarabia said.
The incident comes weeks after legislation to regulate the party bus industry was sent to the state Senate to be heard in August. Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, introduced the bill, which would require party buses to verify the age of passengers or face fines in an effort to prevent underage drinking.
Some 12 to 15 passengers were on the party bus involved in Friday’s accident. They were returning from a Brad Paisley concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View when Noland and a 20-year-old woman got into a physical fight near the back of the bus, Sarabia said.
Somehow, Sarabia said, a door opened and Noland and the other woman were ejected. The other woman was not seriously hurt.
“She had road rash all over her body,” Sarabia said of the second woman.
No other passengers were injured and no other vehicles were involved.
Noland is the daughter of Todd and Sue Noland, the owners of the Pacific Wave Surf Shop in Santa Cruz, an employee at the store said Monday.
Sarabia said it appears that all of the passengers on the bus had been drinking and that Noland was likely intoxicated. He said the passengers were uncooperative with investigating officers.
The bus driver is not facing any charges.