According to a story appearing on the CBS 13 in Sacramento website, a female passenger inside a vehicle being driven by a suspected DUI driver was killed in a crash near Vacaville.
In a statement, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said that the fatal crash happened on Sunday, January 30, at approximately 7:30 p.m. near the intersection of Hay and Meridian Road.
Investigators say that the driver of a Toyota Tundra pickup truck was traveling westbound on Hay road when he approached the intersection, traveling at a high rate of speed. The truck blew through a stop sign, crossed the roadway, and hit a dirt berm, causing it to become airborne. The truck landed and came to a rest in an irrigation ditch on the passenger side.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene of the crash. Paramedics declared a 55-year-old female passenger dead at the scene. A second passenger, a 24-year-old woman, suffered major, potentially life-threatening injuries in the crash. She was transported to Kaiser-Permanente Vacaville Medical Center for treatment. Her current condition was not released at the time of the report.
The driver of the pickup truck suffered only minor injuries.
The CHP has identified the driver as 24-year-old Jonathan Loreto-Medina of Vacaville. Loreto-Medina was arrested at the crash scene on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was later booked into Salano County Jail. Other charges may be pending.
Anyone with any further information about the crash is asked to call the CHP’s non-emergency line at (800) 835-5247 and leave a message for Officer Paul Ramos at the CHP Salano Headquarters.