Colfax woman killed in 174 accident |

Colfax woman killed in 174 accident

A 76-year-old Colfax woman died from injuries she received as a passenger in a single-vehicle accident on Highway 174 Sunday night, law enforcement officials reported Monday.

Cora Santos, 76, was riding as a front-seat passenger in her Mercury Villager on Highway 174 north of Laws Ranch Road when the driver, Sharon Ann Hofsaess, 59, swerved off the road for an unknown reason and slammed into tree at approximately 6:55 p.m.

Santos was transported by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Hofsaess, also of Colfax, was flown to the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. She was in fair condition Monday, hospital spokeswoman Michelle Silva said.

Backseat passenger Rudolph August Fischer, 71, also of Colfax, was transported by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Fischer was in critical condition Monday, hospital spokeswoman Robin Montgomery said.

“(Hofsaess) was either going too fast or made an unsafe turning movement,” California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Pingree said Monday. “Nothing indicates alcohol was involved, and no arrests were made.”

He said officers plan to re-create the accident to determine what went wrong.

Santos’ minivan had handicapped plates. However, the van did not have any special handicap controls that would have confused a non-handicapped driver, Pingree said.

Santos and Hofsaess were wearing their seat belts, while it is unknown whether Fischer was belted in, Pingree said.

Hofsaess’ exact driving speed has not yet been determined, Pingree said.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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