Mammoth woman dies following Saturday car accident in Independence

A Mammoth woman, Irene Molloy, 84, died Saturday after sustaining injuries in a car accident in Independence.

Molloy was a familiar face at The Cast Off, the non-profit thrift store run by the Mammoth Lakes Hospital Auxiliary, where she worked. She was also a member of the Sunshine Committee.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on July 7 at about 1:20 p.m., after Molloy apparently pulled in front of a southbound motorist on U.S. 395 and Miller Street in Independence, where she had been waiting to cross the highway in her 2004 Chevy Trailblazer.

At the same time, Steven Watson, 31, Santa Barbara, was travelling south on the highway, the CHP report states. He approached the intersection at 55-60 mph. It then appears Molloy “failed to yield the right-of-way to Watson and drove her vehicle directly into the path of his GMC pickup,” according to the CHP.

Watson then turned left onto the number one lane of the highway and applied his brakes, attempting to avoid the collision, but the front of his truck collided with the left side of Molloy’s vehicle. Both vehicles then came to rest in the intersection of U.S. 395 and Miller Street, according to the CHP.

Molloy was extricated from her vehicle and transported to Northern Inyo Hospital but died at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the CHP report states.

Watson complained of neck pain, but did not seek medical treatement at the hospital.

The collision is still under investigation.