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QUESTION: In mid-March of this year, a woman who was coming home from her job at a local casino in the morning crashed and died in West Sacramento from her brakes failing, the CHP was investigating. Do you know what became of that investigation? Did the brakes indeed fail, or was it driver error?
Submitted by: Rick, Sacramento
ANSWER: The cause of the March 13 crash is still under investigation.
California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Cindy Leal said the Valley Division's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating the cause and it could take several weeks to complete the work.
Mussarat Parveen Shaudhary, 58, of West Sacramento died after her 2009 Toyota Camry went off Old River Road into the Sacramento River. According to the CHP, she had called her daughter shortly before the crash, saying that she didn't think the car's brakes were working.
At 8:11 a.m., the CHP dispatch center received a call from Shaudhary, who said she was in her car in the river. The dispatcher spent about 10 minutes on the phone with her before the connection was lost.
The vehicle was found about 2:30 p.m. near Monument Bend, about a quarter mile downstream from where it was thought to have entered the river.
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