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Paso Robles teen dies in rollover accident 

Jeanette Montes

Highway 101 traffic stalled for hours

Jeanette Montes, 19, of Paso Robles died Monday afternoon when her SUV crashed on northbound Highway 101 just past Highway 46 west, California Highway Patrol reports.

CHP reports the 2002 white Ford Explorer crashed when she lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons. It rolled over on the highway and burst into flames. Other drivers stopped to help passengers out of the car and to safety, according to reports.

Montes’ two younger brothers survived the accident with minor injuries. They were transported to Sierra Vista Hospital, according to the CHP. They are Jesus David Montes, 6, and Jose Montes, 15, both of Paso Robles, CHP reported.

The accident occurred just after 4 p.m. and caused Highway 101 to back up with traffic for miles. Traffic was snarled until 7 p.m. Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

The three were returning from the Walgreens in Atascadero, where they had gone to pick up a prescription, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported. All three were wearing seat belts, and alcohol nor speeding is not suspected to have caused the crash, CHP report.

Montes was a 2012 graduate of Liberty High School and a Cuesta College student who worked at Dragon Palace King Buffet, a Chinese restaurant in Paso Robles, the Tribune reported.

Highway 101 accident

Highway 101 was backed up due to the accident. Photo by PJ Sawyer.

Many of Montes’ friends wrote tributes on her Facebook page:

“The fact that you are no longer with us just doesn’t seem right ! You the sweetest girl around the one with a beautiful laugh and smile, the one that even through hard times in her life still managed to put a smile on her face. You were such a great person to everyone. I will always remember the good memories I was able to make with you since middle school to our high school years. Rest In Peace Jeanette.” – Luz Velasquez Nucico

“Im in shock! I cant believe it! im speechless! You were the sweetest girl ever and a great friend. R.I.P Jeanette.” – Vanee Velasquez

“Can’t believe you’re gone you were always a good friend and respectful. It’s really hard to believe it! Today is my bday and was not expecting this I will respect this day and pray for you.” – Danny Larios Guerra

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