YUCCA VALLEY — Sharon Meler, an 84-year-old Yucca Valley woman, died and a family of three were critically injured in a collision around 3:10 p.m. Monday on Old Woman Springs Road at Terra Vista Road.
The Sheriff’s Department reports that the driver of a Ford F-150 truck traveling north rear-ended Meler’s Subaru Impreza as she was waiting for oncoming traffic to pass before turning left.
The impact pushed the Subaru into oncoming traffic, where it crashed with a southbound white Cadillac CTS.
Meler and the man, woman and child in the Cadillac all suffered critical injuries, San Bernardino County Fire Capt. Zack Taylor said.
Two medic engines from the Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree fire stations, three ambulance crews from the Yucca Valley and Yucca Mesa stations and Battalion Chief Scot Tuttle responded to the scene along with a Morongo Basin Ambulance crew.
The man driving the Cadillac was trapped and firefighters rescued him using the Jaws of Life, Taylor said.
Firefighters and paramedics triaged all four people, gave them advanced lifesaving care and determined they had to be taken to trauma centers immediately.
The woman in the passenger seat of the Cadillac was driven by ambulance to the Yucca Valley Airport, where she was picked up by a Mercy Air helicopter crew and flown to Desert Regional Medical Center, Taylor said. The other three people hurt in the crash were driven to Desert Regional by ground ambulance.
Meler succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at 5:25 p.m., the Riverside County coroner said.
This was at least the second deadly crash this month on Old Woman Springs Road.
Col. Alexander Merz, 50, from Texas, died May 19 from injuries he suffered in a May 16 crash in Johnson Valley. According to the California Highway Patrol, he was hit by 27-year-old Anthony Wilson, of Twentynine Palms, who wanted to pass slower traffic and drove his Ford F150 into Merz’s path.