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Contra Costa Woman Dies After Ambulance Crash in Palo Alto

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. — A Contra Costa County woman who was injured when an ambulance transporting her to a medical appointment crashed into a tree in Palo Alto last week died at a hospital on Christmas Eve, police Agent Dan Ryan said.

The crash happened Dec. 22 around 11 a.m. on University Avenue near Chaucer Street as a Bay Medic ambulance was transporting 56-year-old Alba Luz Perez from Concord to a Palo Alto medical facility for a routine procedure, police said.

The ambulance was traveling west on University Avenue when, for an unknown reason, it left the roadway, hit a tree and rolled over, police said.

Perez suffered major injuries and was taken to Stanford Hospital. She was listed in grave condition before succumbing to her wounds Wednesday, Ryan said today.

Three ambulance personnel suffered minor injuries and were also taken to Stanford Hospital.

Ryan said police are still investigating the cause of the crash, but that road conditions may have played a role. The streets were wet from rain and there were piles of wet leaves in the roadway, Ryan said.