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Authorities confirm 2nd weekend road death in Solano

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From page A1 | April 28, 2014 |

VACAVILLE — One person died early Sunday in a single-vehicle crash in rural Solano County, bringing to two the number of fatal crashes this weekend in the county.

The second deadly crash was reported shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday on the 8600 block Pleasants Valley Road near Putah Creek Road, before Lake Solano Park, when a vehicle crashed into an orchard and hit a tree, according to emergency responders. The front end of the vehicle was destroyed in the crash.

Units from the Vacaville Fire Protection District, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim was not released. The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

It was the second deadly crash in as many days on local roadways.

Eric Sopang, 29, of Vallejo, was killed shortly after 12:35 a.m. Saturday on westbound Interstate 780 in Benicia when his 2012 Toyota Camry drifted off the road, hit a guard rail, went up an embankment, came back down across the highway and came to rest on the road after hitting the center divider. Sopang’s car was then hit by a 2003 Kia Rio whose driver was not able to stop in time, according to CHP.

This is the second consecutive weekend with fatal crashes in Solano County.

A 1993 Isuzu Rodeo crashed at around 11:10 p.m. April 19 on eastbound Interstate 80 near the American Canyon exit. The vehicle veered off the roadway and plummeted down a steep hillside, rolled several times and ended up on McGary Road.

The driver, Amber Gomes, 30, of Rio Vista, and a passenger, Ramon Barrozo, 33, were not wearing seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle, CHP reports. Gomes was injured and Barrozo died.

Gomes faces felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing injury.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.
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