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22-Year-Old Woman Arrested after Wrong-Way Collision near Airport Boulevard in Watsonville

Watsonville, CA (March 3, 2021) – Early Monday morning, police arrested 22-year-old Johanna Mayapuga after a fatal DUI crash on Highway 1.

California Highway Patrol arrived to the scene around 12:17 a.m., after receiving reports of a serious head-on collision.

Mayapuga, a Santa Cruz resident, was driving the wrong way in a 2015 Nissan when she struck a 2002 BMW, just south of Airport Boulevard. As a result, a 45-year-old woman from Moss Landing died on scene. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner Office will release the deceased victim’s name once the family members are notified.

Meanwhile, Mayapuga was charged with a suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

At this time, the police continue to investigate the cause of the collision. More information will be released once available.


The Sweet James team would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the victim. May you find comfort and strength during this difficult time.


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