Visalia woman, 19, dies in solo-car collision

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A 19-year-old Visalia woman died early Tuesday in a one-car crash on Road 100 and Avenue 256, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The incident occurred about 6:20 a.m. as the victim, who was identified by the Tulare County Coroner as Andyeli Ojeda Castellanos, was southbound in a 2000 Honda on Road 100 when she lost control, drifted onto the right shoulder, went airborne and struck a large tree.

The woman was thrown from the car and died at the scene.

The CHP said that she did not appear to be wearing a seat belt. It has not yet been determined whether alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident.

A native of Colorado, Jim Guy studied political science, Latin American politics and Spanish literature at Fresno State University, and advanced Spanish grammar in Cuernavaca, Mexico.