Updated: Santa Cruz Woman, 25, Killed in Party Bus Fall in Los Gatos

The horrific incident happened on Highway 17 early Saturday.

A 25-year-old woman was killed and another woman injured after they were ejected onto southbound Highway 17 in Los Gatos from their limousine party bus late Friday night, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The fatal accident on Highway 17 near state Highway 9 was reported just before midnight, CHP Officer D.J. Sarabia said.

The limo was carrying 12 to 15 passengers when the 25-year-old woman was run over by the limo after she was in a fight on the party bus with a 20-year-old woman, Sarabia said.

The physical fight began in the back of the limo while the vehicle was driving about 45 mph southbound on Highway 17. The altercation somehow led to a  door opening and the pair falling onto the roadway, Sarabia said.

The 25-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after the limo ran over her, while the other woman was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose with no broken bones but cuts and bruises covering her body, Sarabia said. She is expected to survive her injuries.

Sarabia said all the passengers were under the influence of alcohol and uncooperative with authorities investigating the accident, which closed Highway 17 between Lark Avenue and state Highway 9 at 2 a.m. until about 3:30 a.m. this morning.

The CHP is investigating how the door opened, which Sarabia said is difficult to open from inside the vehicle unless an emergency lever is pulled.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and the driver is not being charged in case. She was not intoxicated when she was questioned at the scene, Sarabia said.

Sarabia said the driver did not notice the backseat commotion right away because she said there was loud music playing.

The other passengers, who were not wearing seatbelts, Sarabia
said, were not injured in the accident.

The accident remains under investigation.

—Bay City News Service and additional reporting from Jennifer Squires

KATHRYN July 29, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Did I read that right? The other party people in the limo are not cooperating with police? Outrageous. They are all accomplices.
Dave Martone July 29, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I wonder if its the same broken door i complained to the owner about a year ago. Wouldn't surprise me.
goodeyejohn July 30, 2012 at 12:04 AM
This article was poorly written. For a comprehensive account go to: http://tinyurl.com/cy2a8np Rest in Peace Natasha
Thomas July 30, 2012 at 08:04 PM
The door must have lost Air pressure which happens when the vehicle is running too long. The air should have been purged to build up the pressure Based on the condition of the bus
Thomas July 30, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Ive got years of experience as well....Experience tells me the bus lost Air pressure in the doors which has happened If it is a air brake bus then the chauffeur should have purged the air every 4 hours But to say the chauffeur didnt have control Is not fair to that person especially if the music was playing loud was there on board cameras was the divider up where they couldnt see as well as hear there are a lot of factors I believe it comes down to the company not maintaining the vehicle properly i


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