OCOTILLO — A 20-year-old Brawley woman died during a single vehicle collision that occurred Tuesday night on westbound Interstate Eight, west of State Route 98, California Highway Patrol and county coroner's office announced.
Diana Lizbeth Lopez-Cillas crashed on Tuesday night and wasn’t discovered until nearly ten hours later by authorities Wednesday morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday when Lopez-Cillas was driving her Toyota Scion westbound on I-8, west of SR-98 (West Y).
Preliminary investigations place the Toyota in the #1 lane of traffic drifting toward the center median and mountain side.
Lopez-Cillas reportedly overcorrected her steering to the right, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle and subsequently drive off the north road edge down a rocky ravine.
Due to the evidence found at the scene, it is believed the vehicle rolled over several times down the ravine before coming to rest on the driver side facing a southeasterly direction.
Lopez-Cillas suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision.
The collision was not witnessed and went unreported until 8:20 a.m. Wednesday.
An RV going by the area called 911 and reported the Toyota over the side of the ravine.
The occupants of the RV were able to see the car due to the height of their vehicle.
Lopez-Cillas was wearing her seat belt at the time of this collision and alcohol/drugs were not a factor in this collision.
The cause of death and the collision remain under investigation, a CHP news release stated.
“The CHP reminds motorists that the use of 911 for reporting unusual events or pedestrians on the counties highways and freeways helps us provide the highest level of safety, service and security to the County of Imperial,” the news release stated. “Thank you for your continued help in keeping our roadways safe for everyone.”