19-year-old Hayward woman killed in Highway 1 crash near Half Moon Bay

A 19-year-old woman who died early Sunday morning in a crash on state Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay has been identified by the San Mateo County Coroner's Office as Hayward resident Karina Benavides.

Benavides was driving a 1991 Honda Accord north on the highway, just south of Tunitas Creek Road around 5 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to the CHP, the woman allowed her vehicle to drift into the southbound lane of traffic, and then onto the dirt road shoulder.

The Honda then hit a traffic sign, rolled several times, and the impact of the crash ejected the driver, who died at the scene, the CHP reports.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash, and are not yet certain whether drugs or alcohol was a factor.

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