REDWOOD CITY, Calif. » A 36-year-old woman is dead, her husband hospitalized in critical condition and nine other people were hospitalized after a crash early Sunday morning on a San Francisco Bay Area highway involving a car driven by a man police say had been drinking and a party bus.
In the 2 a.m. crash, a Honda coupe driven by 43-year-old Raul Padilla appears to have slammed into the center divider of Highway 101, then came to a stop facing oncoming traffic, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said.
After the Honda stopped, the front end of a party bus, with 18 people on board, hit the disabled car. Two other cars were also involved in the collision.
"We’re still trying to figure out who came into contact with what," Montiel said.
The woman killed in the crash was a passenger in the Honda and was married to the driver. Her name has not been released while officials try to contact other family members.
Padilla was hospitalized in critical condition. He was wearing his seatbelt, but his wife was not, according to the CHP.
Padilla and his wife had "consumed alcohol" before the crash, but toxicology tests would have to be conducted to determine if Padilla had been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, Montiel said.
"If it is determined he was under the influence, he could face felony DUI charges and manslaughter charges," Montiel said.
Initially, based on their driver’s license information, authorities had said the woman was from San Mateo and Padilla was from Oakland, but the information may have not been updated, Montiel said.
Most of the party bus passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries.
The bus was equipped with seatbelts, but Montiel did not know how many, if any, of the passengers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. Bus passengers in California are not required to wear seatbelts, Montiel said.
The bus was towed to an impound yard, but Montiel did not know the name of the company.
The drivers of the two other vehicles involved in the Redwood City crash, about 25 miles south of San Francisco, were not hurt.
The southbound direction of Highway 101 was closed for about two hours after the crash, with traffic being diverted to city streets.
The crash comes just three weeks after five women heading to a bridal party were killed just a few miles away in a limousine fire on the nearby San Mateo Bridge