Texting driver in fatal road death ID?d as North Auburn woman

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - A woman killed while apparently texting as she drove along a Nevada County road has been identified as a North Auburn resident. The Nevada Coroner?s Office released the name of the 29-year-old single-car crash victim after notifying next of kin in Mexico early Monday. She is identified as Silvia Perez-Varona, 29, of Auburn. Perez-Varona was westbound in a 1997 Toyota Camry on Wolf Road near Globe Lane when the car left the paved surface and traveled down an embankment. The car rolled over twice before coming to rest on its wheels again, with little damage to the driver?s compartment. Perez-Varona was the lone occupant of the vehicle. California Highway Patrol Officer Justin Barnthouse said Monday that, judging from the damage, Perez-Varona would have survived the crash if she had been wearing a seatbelt. Instead, Perez-Varona was thrown out of the vehicle and died from injuries at the scene. The crash was initially reported just past midnight Friday morning and authorities spent the weekend waiting for word from their counterparts in Mexico that next of kin had been notified before releasing the dead woman?s identity. Barnthouse said that Perez-Varona was apparently texting on her cell phone and not paying attention to the road just before the crash. Evidence showed that a two-way conversation she was having at the time suddenly stopped on her end as she left the road, he said.