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Woman dies in hospital after head-on crash with wrong-way driver

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A Forestville woman critically injured in a head-on collision involving a wrong-way driver on U.S. Highway 101 early Sunday morning has died in the hospital, and was identified by Sonoma County sheriff’s officials as 50-year-old Katherine Pisesky.

Pisesky was driving a 2015 Volkswagen Beetle south on Highway 101 at Westside Road near Healdsburg around 12:55 a.m. when she was struck by a 2016 Ford Focus that was traveling north in the southbound lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Ford driver, Hector Omar Cisneros-Ramirez, 37, of Healdsburg, was arrested on suspicion of DUI causing injury before Pisesky died at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

He was scheduled to be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Three people in a 2018 GMC Sierra that also was struck by the Ford suffered minor injuries, as did Cisneros-Ramirez, CHP officials said. Pisesky, a Sutter Health Medical Foundation nurse practitioner at Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lake County and in Santa Rosa since 2016, was from Edmonton, Alberta, according to her Facebook page.

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