According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Ambassador Douglas Kmiec was driving a Hyundai Accent on Mulholland Highway near Calabasas, California, when the vehicle went off the road and crashed into a drainage ditch, reports the Associated Press.
CHP Officer Leland Tang told the news source that Sister Mary Campbell, 74, of Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church, died at the scene of the California car crash. Pastor Emeritus Monsignor John Sheridan also sustained moderate injuries in the accident.
The three had attended a ceremony at a high school and were on their way back to the church at the time of the accident, the Malibu Times reported.
Kmiec underwent surgery and is in stable condition.
There were 3,434 traffic fatalities in California in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.