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Highway 37 Novato Motor Vehicle Collision Fatality–Identity Released

The decedent had been positively identified as:

Linda Anne ABRAHAMS, a 70-year-old female from Bodega Bay, CA.

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at approximately 9:30 PM, a vehicle collision with injuries was reported to 9-1-1, having occurred on eastbound Highway 37, east of Highway 101; near Marsh Drive in Novato.   Reportedly for reasons unknown and remain under investigation, a vehicle operated by the subject, entered the eastbound lanes of Highway 37 in the wrong direction and travelled westbound, until colliding with another vehicle travelling eastbound at highway speeds.  Moments prior to the collision, the California Highway Patrol was in the immediate area responding to an unrelated crash nearby and on-viewed the subject travelling in the wrong direction towards them.  They attempted to intervene and stop the subject; she failed to yield and nearly struck the officers just prior to the aforementioned impact-collision.   First Responders were immediately dispatched to the scene and upon their arrival discovered the subject unresponsive and lifeless, trapped inside her severely damaged vehicle.  The subject required extensive extrication from the vehicle and suffered significant blunt traumatic injuries as a result of the collision.  The subject was pronounced deceased on the scene without additional resuscitative aid provided. 

The decedent had been positively identified as:

Linda Anne ABRAHAMS, a 70-year-old female from Bodega Bay, CA.

A forensic post mortem examination and toxicology testing have been scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2019.  The cause and manner of death will be pending the conclusion of the investigation being completed by the California Highway Patrol - Marin Office, and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office - Coroner Division.  No further information will be released by the Coroner Division at this time, as this is an active and ongoing investigation.  Any further questions regarding the incident should be directed to the California Highway Patrol - Marin Office.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and personnel of the Coroner Division offers our best wishes and condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Abrahams.


Roger G. Fielding

Chief Deputy Coroner