Two Pronounced Dead after Head-On Accident near Molera Road

MONTEREY COUNTY, CA (May 26, 2023) – Tuesday afternoon, Dorothy Cousins and James Hendrickson were killed in a collision on Highway 1. The incident occurred around 12:40 p.m., just south of Molera Road between Castroville and Moss Landing. Per reports, the driver of a southbound blue 2016 Mazda CX-5 approached Highway 183 and crossed the double yellow lines into oncoming traffic. There, the Mazda struck a northbound 2016 GMC Sierra. Paramedics arrived and transported the sole occupant inside the GMC 69-year-old David Hart, of Santa Cruz to Natividad Medical Center for further treatment of major injuries. Meanwhile, medics pronounced the female driver of the Mazda, 79-year-old Cousins from Soquel, dead at the scene. Crews also pronounced the male passenger, 76-year-old Hendrickson, of Tennessee dead at the scene. Another female passenger from the Mazda, described as a 73-year-old Tennessee woman, was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries. The California Highway Patrol closed down Highway 1 for several hours as crews investigated the scene. Those with additional information about the fatal car crash are encouraged to contact the CHP Monterey County officials immediately.
No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Dorothy Cousins and James Hendrickson.
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