A two-car crash on the Ortega Highway at Rancho Carrillo Road claimed the life of a 43 year old woman early Tuesday morning. Maureen Mendoza of Tustin was killed at the scene, and a resident of Winchester was severely injured in the accident.
The collision happened at around 5:30 am Tuesday. Mendoza’s car veered from her lane of travel while she was heading east on the Ortega Highway. Mendoza car then collided with the auto driven by the Winchester man who was transported to an area hospital.
Major injuries were sustained by the driver of the second vehicle. Drugs and alcohol are not considered to be factors in the accident. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision. ongoing, according to CHP.