Authorities release name of man killed Sunday in I-80 crash

By From page A4 | March 26, 2014

VACAVILLE — Authorities on Monday released the name of the man killed Sunday in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 near Cherry Glen Road.

Robert Budzinski, 59, of Vallejo, died after his vehicle left the roadway along westbound I-80, flipped several times, hit a tree and came to rest on its wheels on the right shoulder of the freeway, various authorities report.

Witnesses said Budzinski vehicle drifted off the freeway without braking and hit the oak tree, Battalion Chief Steve Bowman said Sunday.

This is the second traffic fatality in two weeks along the same stretch of roadway.

A 23-year-old Oakland woman died March 9 after a eucalyptus tree fell onto the freeway and hit her car as she was driving westbound on I-80 near Cherry Glen Road.

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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 fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.

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