Updated, Friday. Coroner's office identified the victim in the collision as Linden Hynes, 50, of Richmond, Bay City News Service reported.
A woman and her dog were killed in a head-on crash on a curve along San Pablo Dam Road Wednesday between Orinda and El Sobrante.
The accident happened at 12:09 p.m. when the driver of a white Chevy Trailblazer in the northbound lane crossed over into the southbound lane and struck a gray Volkswagen Passat headed south, reported CHP Sgt. Ted White at the scene. The mangled gray car came to rest about 10 feet off the road, to the east, just below the dam that holds back San Pablo Reservoir.
The driver of the car, a Richmond woman, was killed. The driver of the Trailblazer, an El Sobrante resident in his twenties, was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek with a broken arm, broken wrist and head contusions, according to CHP Officer John Fransen.
San Pablo Road was blocked in both directions for about four miles — at Castro Ranch Road on the El Sobrante side and back at Wildcat Canyon Road on the Orinda side. It was reopened around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, Fransen said.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.