FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2019
FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION
On Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 10:55 AM, CHP Bishop Communication Center received a call of a vehicle over an embankment. The reporting party had stopped at a view point on the south shoulder of SR 120W (Tioga Pass), approximately six miles west of US 395, and was looking over the edge and down an embankment when he observed a vehicle approximately 400 feet down the embankment. CHP Bridgeport, Mono County Sheriff’s Office and Mono County Search and Rescue (SAR) arrived on scene. The SAR team traversed down the embankment to the crashed vehicle, and confirmed this was a solo vehicle collision with one occupant. The occupant was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced deceased upon their arrival. The solo occupant was identified as 19 year old, Kayla Vallez, from Stockton, California. It appears Ms. Vallez was traveling westbound on SR 120W, in a 1997 Honda Accord, at an unknown speed, and for unknown reasons the Honda left the south edge of the roadway and continued traveling down a steep embankment and overturning several times. The exact date and time of the collision have not yet been determined.
The California Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate this collision.
Officer Elena Villa, California Highway Patrol Bridgeport