Crash victim identified by coroner's office


By Kristen Peters

I By Bay City News Service==

A woman who was killed in a crash on state Highway 1 in Pescadero on Tuesday evening (Feb. 22) has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as 26-year-old Ryan McKnight.

McKnight, a San Mateo resident, was pronounced dead at the scene after turning her blue 1989 Honda Civic in front of oncoming northbound traffic, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said.

At about 6:30 p.m., McKnight was driving south on Highway 1 near Rossi Road when she turned left in front of a northbound black 2001 Chevy Suburban, Montiel said.

The cause of death remains unknown, pending an autopsy, the coroner's office said.

Two passengers in the Suburban were taken to Stanford hospital with moderate to major injuries, Montiel said.

The Suburban was driven by a 33-year-old woman and was carrying a grandmother and four children, Montiel said.

The grandmother, age 69, was airlifted to Stanford hospital with moderate to major injuries, he said.

An 8-year-old boy was taken by ground ambulance to Stanford with minor to moderate injuries, and a 10-year-old girl and 6-year-old twin boys were not injured, Montiel said.

Extrication equipment was needed on scene, but it was unclear which passenger or passengers needed it, CHP Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said.

CHP officers completely shut down Highway 1 at Whitehouse Canyon Road for more than two hours, when one side of the road was reopened to accommodate traffic going in both directions, CHP Officer Ralph Caggiano said.

All lanes of the highway were reopened shortly before midnight, Van Eckhardt said.

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