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Santa Rosa woman, 89, seriously injured in Highway 101 crash

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.

An 89-year-old Santa Rosa woman was seriously injured Wednesday in a multi-car crash on Highway 101 believed to have been caused by a tailgating driver, the CHP said.

Barbara Fredell was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with major upper body injuries suffered in a 2:10 p.m. crash on southbound Highway 101 at Hearn Avenue, the CHP said.

She reportedly was in serious condition Thursday at the hospital, a nursing supervisor said.

Fredell was a passenger in a 2003 Lexus sedan driven by Erling Fredell, 94, when the crash occurred, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

Preliminary indications are that the crash was caused by the driver of a Honda CRV traveling behind them and driven by Patti Koepf, 54, of Sebastopol, authorities said.

A third car was involved, but no one else was injured, Sloat said.

Additional details were not available.

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