Woman dies after suspected DUI crash on Highway 101 in Pismo Beach

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A Santa Maria woman injured in an apparent DUI vehicle crash on Highway 101 in Pismo Beach last week has died, the California Highway Patrol confirmed Friday.

According to a CHP new release, Melia Rose Gray, 27, died Tuesday at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo from injuries she sustained in the crash that occurred just after 9:17 p.m. on Jan. 18.

According to CHP, 55-year-old Tammy Mae Silkwood of Santa Maria was driving southbound on Highway 101 near Wadsworth Avenue when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a guardrail.

Her car, a Honda Accord, spun across both lanes of freeway traffic before flying off the road and down an embankment, where she hit a tree.

Her passengers — Gray and 39-year-old Gabriel Luis Almaguer — were both transported to local hospitals with moderate-to-major injuries. Silkwood was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center with major injuries.

She was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and causing injuries.

The CHP is still conducting an investigation into what happened. Those with information can call 805-594-8700.

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