Faith Creer, 31, was killed when she was thrown from a charter bus that left from the Fox Hills Mall in Culver City and overturned on Interstate 40 en route to Laughlin, Nevada.
Twenty-one other passengers were hospitalized with injuries.
Creer died in the accident about 40 miles east of Barstow in the Mojave Desert shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday.
The bus, which was operated by Glendale-based Royal American Tours and Charter and was going about 70 miles per hour, drifted onto the dirt shoulder. As the driver attempted to steer the bus back onto the pavement, the bus fishtailed, overturned and skidded on its side.
“We don’t know why he allowed it to drift,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Taj Johnson. “The driver himself didn’t know why it drifted.”
Due to the remote location, helicopters were dispatched to pick up the injured people and take them to nearby hospitals.