Teen Dies in DUI Crash in Sonoma

Fox News affiliate KTVU reported on its website on Monday that a 16-year-old teen boy was killed and his brother injured in a crash in Sonoma on Sunday, January 16.

Sgt. Cruz Correa of the California Highway Patrol told reporters that the fatal crash happened at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Highway 116 just west of Wartmaugh Road.

A Cadillac ATS headed westbound on Highway 116, weaving in and out of traffic. Eyewitnesses said that the motorist had been driving recklessly and passing slower westbound vehicles against double yellow lines.  

The Cadillac crashed head-on to an eastbound vehicle, then bounced off the other car, causing a chain-reaction crash involving a total of four vehicles.

The CHP has identified the driver of the Cadillac as 24-year-old Manessis Alexander of Novato. One of his passengers, a 16-year-old boy, was declared dead at the scene of the crash. A second 16-year-old male passenger was also injured.  

The second teen was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital by CHP helicopter. Later, he was transferred to the University of California San Francisco Children’s Hospital. 

Authorities say that both 16-year-olds were brothers.

Alexander was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated from the car before being taken to Queen of the Valley Hospital for treatment. 

Two other drivers were injured in the accident. A 56-year-old Mill Valley woman and a 63-year-old Napa man suffered only minor injuries. A fourth driver, a mother with a 5-year-old child in the car, was uninjured in the crash.

Upon investigation, CHP officers determined that Alexander had been under the influence of drugs at the time of the fatal crash. He was arrested a short time after treatment on the charge of felony DUI.

The accident is still under investigation.

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