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No arrest made in south Redding fatal crash

Published On: Dec 04 2013 07:51:52 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

No arrest has been made in a crash that killed a Redding woman.

Police are investigating whether the man who allegedly caused the collision was under the influence of prescription medication at the time.

The crash occurred around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in South Redding at Highway 273 and Westwood Avenue.

The Shasta County Coroner’s Office identified the woman who died as Sandra Van Larson, 69, of Redding.

Police said 29-year-old Darren Horn of Cottonwood was driving southbound on Highway 273 in a 1996 Ford Explorer when he ran a red light.  His SUV broadsided a Hyundai Sonata driven by Van Larson as she was turning left onto northbound Highway 273.

Police said Van Larson had a green light to make the turn from Westwood Avenue. The impact pushed the sedan into a third car, a Honda Civic.

Van Larson was pronounced dead at the scene. Horn and the driver of the Civic were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

According to Redding Police, Horn has not been arrested.

Police are awaiting the results of a blood test. That sample has been sent to the Department of Justice.

Highway 273 was closed for much of the day as police took photos and investigated the crash.

Various testing measures and vehicle inspections are ongoing, according to law enforcement. Officers are still trying to determine the logistics of the crash, including the location of Horn’s SUV on the roadway in relation to the other vehicles.