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Bay Bridge suspected DUI crash victim identified as 24-year-old woman

A view from below the The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Yerba Buena Island on a sunny afternoon.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating a pair of collisions early Sunday on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that claimed a driver’s life. | Source: RJ Mickelson/The Standard

A woman died early Sunday morning on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after she was hit by a suspected drunk driver, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The San Francisco Chief Medical Examiner's Office identified her Tuesday as Mia Bayliss, 24, of Contra Costa County.

The CHP said two drivers involved in the three-vehicle crash were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Shortly after 3:15 a.m., CHP officers received word of a collision in the eastbound Interstate 80 lanes of the bridge west of the Yerba Buena Island off-ramp.

The initial crash involved a white Mercedes SUV that had broken down in the roadway's second-from-left lane for unknown reasons near the bridge's center anchorage when it was struck by a blue Honda Civic, CHP Officer Mark Andrews told The Standard.

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After the collision, Bayliss got out of her car and was standing outside it, when a gray Honda Civic crashed into the back of the blue Honda, striking and injuring her.

Emergency workers took her to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The drivers of the Mercedes and the blue Honda Civic were both arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The Honda's driver was first taken to a hospital after complaining of pain after the crash.

At least four lanes of eastbound Interstate 80 were closed for investigation until around 4 a.m., Andrews said.

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