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Car Accident Blog Post

San Diego Zoo Research Tech Killed in Crash

A series of serious car crashes involving a truck from a construction company in San Diego led to the death of 29-year-old Amaranta Kozuch, who was employed as a research tech at the San Diego Zoo. 

According to law enforcement officials, the chain of crashes began early on December 7 when a man who was driving a white pickup truck hit another car while traveling westbound on State Route 78 near Jefferson Street. After the initial collision, the truck left the freeway and then slammed into another car on Vista Way near Moreno Street, which killed Kozuch. But the truck driver wasn’t done there; he then collided with a Toyota Tundra and a Chevy pickup before coming to rest in a nearby driveway. The collision with the Chevy caused it to hit another truck parked in a driveway, leading to some damage to that home. 

The driver of the Toyota Tundra told police that the Ford was traveling at a high speed, likely between 80 and 100 miles per hour. Witnesses say it did not appear that the truck driver made any attempt to brake at any point during the accidents. 

The white truck had a DPR Construction logo on its side, but the driver was not clocked in to his job with DPR at the time of the accidents. The driver of the truck and other victims were sent to the hospital with injuries. 

At this point, it is unclear exactly what caused the driver to engage in such recklessness. Officials say that alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The investigation is still ongoing. 

The zoo community issued a statement expressing its devastation over the accident and the loss of Kozuch’s life. At this point, there is no word if the driver will face charges. 

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