CHP IDs rural Vacaville crash victim

By From page A6 | April 30, 2014

VACAVILLE — The California Highway Patrol has identified a man killed in a Sunday morning car crash as Jonathan Friesen, 20, of Vacaville.

Friesen drove off Pleasants Valley Road near Putah Creek Road at 7 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curve and hit a tree, CHP Sgt. Mike Lehman said. He was driving a Ford Mustang. The cause of the crash is unknown.

That marked the second deadly Solano County crash over the weekend. Eric Sopang, 29, of Vallejo, was killed at about 12:35 a.m. Saturday in a crash on westbound Interstate 780 in Benicia.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • just a thoughtApril 28, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    When will these kids learn to slow down?

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  • boomApril 29, 2014 - 12:29 am

    More Sheriffs patrols are needed on the weekends in the rural parts of Vacaville now that the weather is heating up. Parents need to also maybe check their teens cars for trash, beer bottles caps and such on the floor can give you a good indication of what's happening in the vehicle while its operating.

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  • FF64April 29, 2014 - 9:23 am

    You do realize the Sheriff's Dept. does not handle traffic enforcement. In the unincorporated areas of the county, that job belongs to the CHP. With that said, I agree, more patrols are needed, especially Pleasants Valley Rd, Putah Creek Rd, and Cantelowe Rd over the top where kids are known to hang out and drink etc.

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  • 2realApril 29, 2014 - 6:43 am

    Kids will be kids, thats the sad thing. We were all there once. Some of us lucky, some of us not.

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  • S KApril 29, 2014 - 7:04 am

    Most of us lucky (me being near 65). I/We did some pretty dumb/crazy stuff way back when. I/y'all am/are lucky that I am still here>>LOL

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  • DApril 29, 2014 - 7:09 am

    Kids will be kids, true but it's different now the when at least my generation was young. A week after the last tragic accident I saw a group coming back from the lake. One girl sitting out the sunroof and one sitting on the edge of the open car window. It's stuff like that makes you wonder what does it really take to drive the point home. My prayers go out to the families of all those recently hurt and killed.

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