Passenger dies after major crash in Scotts Valley

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. - A passenger involved in a major car accident  in Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz died Friday night at Valley Medical Center.

The California Highway Patrol identified the 27-year-old passenger as Hannah Marie Milkowski of Arizona. 

The accident occurred on June 4. CHP said Kristopher Benson of Scotts Valley was driving his friend and passenger, Milkowski when the two hit a pole.  

CHP said Benson was under the influence when he crashed on Bean Creek Road Sunday morning.

The car hit a power pole injuring Milkowski. Benson attempted to drive to the hospital for help. 

Benson drove down Highway 17 and then Highway 1 but came to a stop at the Soquel Avenue off ramp. Milkowski was taken to a hospital once help arrived. 

Benson was arrested for felony DUI that day and later went on bail. 

Since Benson's release Milkowski tragically died and an arrest warrant for gross vehicle manslaughter while intoxicated was issued for Kris Benson. CHP said it's an unfortunate reminder to not drink and drive. 

According to Milkowski's Facebook page she was visiting the area to learn how to surf with Benson. 


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