CHP, Coroner investigating accident that took the life of 65-year-old Taft woman

The California Highway Patrol and Kern County Coroner are investigating a fatal accident on Highway 119 to see if a medical problem may have been a factor in the crash and the death of a driver, a 65-year-old Taft woman.

The victim's name has not been released.

The CHP said the woman was driving eastbound on Highway 119 west of Highway 43 Sunday just after 6 p.m. when she suddenly turned the steering wheel to the right and lost control of the minivan.

The vehicle traveled in a southeasterly direction, left the roadway and overturned several times, landing on its roof.

“It is unclear if (the driver) suffered a medical condition prior to the collision or sustained fatal injuries due to the collision,” the CHP said in a news release.

The Coroner will determine the cause of death.

Sunday's crash was the second fatality on Westside Highways over the weekend.

Early Saturday morning, Gerald Unruh, 29, of McKittrick, died when he lost control of his pickup and it collided with a high voltage power pole on Highway 58 north of McKittrick.