Ms. Pino was the restrained driver of a 2003 Toyota Corolla travelling at highway speeds southbound on Highway 101 north of Spencer Avenue at approximately 0800 hours, when for reasons unknown, she lost control of her vehicle, reportedly hydroplaned and struck the rear end of a parked California Highway Patrol (CHP) vehicle, who was in the #4 lane near the right shoulder investigating another unrelated traffic collision. At the time of the incident, the CHP patrol vehicle had its overhead emergency lighting activated, and officers were placing flares out to warn drivers of the hazard ahead of them. The CHP Patrol Vehicle was unoccupied blocking the unrelated collision wreckage. Reportedly, at the time of the collision the weather was inclement and the roadway was wet. The subject was reportedly travelling in the #2 lane, lost control of her vehicle and spun out, striking the rear of the aforementioned CHP vehicle.
The decedent has been positively identified as:
Laura Lee PINO, a 72-year-old female from Tiburon, CA.
A forensic post mortem examination and toxicology testing have been scheduled for Monday, November 26, 2018. 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 condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Pino.
Roger G. Fielding
Chief Deputy Coroner