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Responders investigate the scene of a solo-vehicle rollover accident that killed at least one person Saturday night in Vacaville. The truck was heading southbound on Pleasants Valley Road when it crashed in a field. (Adrienne Harris/Daily Republic)


CHP: Rollover in rural Vacaville kills 1

By From page A4 | April 06, 2014

VACAVILLE — A rollover crash killed one person and injured at least four others Saturday night, authorities said.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Linehan said a full-size pickup truck heading south on Pleasants Valley Road went straight through a curve near the Pleasant Hills Ranch Way cross street and rolled over several times through a field. He said all five occupants were ejected from the vehicle.

A male occupant was declared dead at the scene, Linehan said. The other occupants were transported to hospitals by air and ground ambulance. At least two of the occupants had major injuries, he said.

CHP Officer Guillermo Garcia said one occupant was in critical condition at UC Davis Medical Center.

Linehan said none of the occupants were wearing seat belts and some were possibly juveniles.

Officers were investigating the solo-vehicle accident as a potential crime because they said alcohol may have been involved in the crash. Linehan said officers were trying to determine who was driving the truck because there is potential for criminal charges.

The crash was reported shortly before 7:30 p.m. Officers two hours later called for a helicopter to search overhead for a possible sixth occupant, according to the CHP website.

Responders also included the Vacaville Fire Protection District.


UPDATE (11:32 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014) — Authorities confirmed that a second victim has died as a result of a single-vehicle crash during which all five people inside were ejected.

California Highway Patrol Office Guillermo Garcia said a 19-year-old man and a juvenile girl died as a result of the crash, which was reported shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Pleasant Valley Road near Pleasant Hills Ranch Way. The girl’s age was not released.

Authorities did not release the names of those killed and injured in the crash, pending family notification.

Garcia said alcohol appears to have played a role in the deadly crash. A final determination will be based on toxicology results.

Authorities two hours after the crash was reported called for a helicopter to look for a possible sixth occupant. Garcia said no other victim was found.


UPDATE (9:35 a.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014) — Authorities on Sunday morning called for aerial photos of the crash scene where two people were killed in a single-vehicle crash after a full-size pickup truck missed a curve in a rural Vacaville road and crashed into a field.

All five occupants were ejected in the crash, which was reported shortly before 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Pleasant Valley Road near Pleasant Hills Ranch Way.

A 19-year-old male died at the scene. The California Highway Patrol later announced that juvenile girl had also died. Her age was not released. None of those in the pickup were wearing seat belts.

Authorities called for aerial photos of the area shortly after 8:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the CHP website. A helicopter crew was doing a preflight check shortly before 9:30 a.m. and would soon be en route.

The names of those involved in the crash have not been released. Authorities said they are awaiting results of toxicology tests to determine whether or not alcohol was a factor in the crash.


UPDATE (12:54 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014) — The California Highway Patrol website shows that the last unit cleared the scene shortly before 11:20 a.m. Sunday. The incident was no longer listed on the CHP website shortly thereafter.

Glen Faison contributed to this report. Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • MeghanApril 06, 2014 - 12:51 am

    They should've been at prom with us not in the hospital...I'm praying hard for them and their families

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  • mescApril 06, 2014 - 8:42 am

    They should have been sober. Sad lesson to learn here. Every year we lose many young people to drinking, drugging and driving. :(

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  • CD BrooksApril 06, 2014 - 7:07 am

    So sorry for everyone in involved here but alcohol and kids, driving too fast and not wearing seat belts? This is the same story with the same results we might have read 20-30 years ago. There is too much information and too many people sending out the message for this to be ignored. People should not be dying in car accidents and nobody should be drinking and driving. Loving and caring for others around you means you should use this tragedy as a lesson, these behaviors need to stop. Condolences to family and friends.

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  • AnnApril 06, 2014 - 7:42 am

    So very sad. When are young teens or even adults going to learn "do not drink and drive". This truly breaks my heart. This could have been prevented. There are no excuses for drinking and driving! My heart goes out to all the parties involved and their family and friends. So very tragic all the way around. This hits close to home as I had a young family Member who was killed from a gross negligent driver 2 years ago. Do not drink and drive!

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  • JApril 06, 2014 - 7:41 am

    Seems to be a common trend on our street. Speeding and alcohol. Wonder if they were coming from the lake.

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  • TammyApril 06, 2014 - 8:17 am

    They are waiting on toxicology but friends say the driver had not drinking. I agree alcohol and driving do not mix. They are waiting for an inspection of the vehicle as a couple days ago there was a crack in the steering knucle and he replaced steering knuckle. Not sure if there was other damage at that time.

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  • CD BrooksApril 06, 2014 - 8:32 am

    Wow Tammy, that is a disturbing thought. This could be even more tragic than we imagined. SO, so sorry...

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  • Ronnie SmithApril 06, 2014 - 8:24 am

    Wow. Put on your seatbelts kids!

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  • NancyApril 06, 2014 - 8:28 am

    I haven't heard the names of those involved yet. Were they all vanden students?

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  • TammyApril 06, 2014 - 8:38 am

    Some of them are former Vanden & TEC students. I hope there will be grievance councilors on campus for the friends.

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  • NancyApril 06, 2014 - 8:54 am

    Can't find any updated info online.

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  • JackApril 06, 2014 - 10:27 am

    The juvenile was a VHS student. They were coming from the lake. I happen to know all of them.

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  • nancyApril 06, 2014 - 12:54 pm

    Sorry for you loss, Jack.

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  • Robert StefanowiczApril 06, 2014 - 8:56 am

    Why cant w have a Highway patrol on this road 24-7?

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  • JTApril 06, 2014 - 11:25 am

    SEAT BELTS!!!!! I have been a volunteer fireman and have seen way too many people die because they were not wearing seatbelts. Yes dirinking and driving goes without saying as it has for many years. Alcohol related or not. I can assure that if everyone in that truck has been wearing seatbelts, they would probably all be alive. yes, scraped and banged up. but not dead. the main cause of death in roll-overs is being ejected, or worse partially ejected and then the vehicle rolling over the person. So sad. I feel so sorry for everyone involved and their families.

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  • patrickApril 06, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    waiting for the statistics for texting and cellphones. its a sad loss to these families.

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  • CD BrooksApril 06, 2014 - 4:03 pm

    This is a seatbelt message from the book I wrote back in 2002. "There was an accident back in 2000 involving a famous football star (Derrick Thomas of the Kansas City Chiefs ). He had two passengers with him, the conditions were slick, and they went off the road. Thomas broke his back and later, died from his injuries. One of the passengers died at the scene. The third person escaped uninjured. Why? This passenger was wearing his seat belt! You go to the grocery store and buy eggs. You cringe when the clerk kinda tosses the carton in a bag and sets them in the cart. You very deliberately load them into your car in a spot where you are certain they will be okay. You hop in the car and zoom off towards home not a care in the world, your seat belt dangling by your side. You pull out into the roadway some jerk broadsides you and sends you careening into a pole where you are thrown from the vehicle and killed instantly. Your eggs meanwhile, nice and comfy in their secure environment, are safe from harm. They’re saved YOU got scrambled!" The message is clear like JT said, seatbelts might leave you scraped and banged up but not dead. Please folks this is a simple and required rule in driver safety. Wear ‘em pass it on.

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  • GemmaApril 06, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    How sad. Teenagers drink. I'm not going to bash them for that. I was a teenager,and of course I don't want my teen to drink, but I'm not going to pretend it's not a possibility. I do wish they wore their seat belts, and I do not condone drinking and driving. If the driver was sober, that makes this all the more sad.

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  • Pat KahnApril 06, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    Was wondering if the recent installation of a new steering knuckle could have been faulty?

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  • DennisApril 06, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    They were all my friends at least 3 died and 2 are in critical R.I.P Gilbert Guzman Kristi and Sam

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  • Pat zennarioApril 06, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    I'm sorry Dennis . Such a terrible tragedy .

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  • SarahApril 06, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Sam isn't dead Dennis. She is horribly injured and has a massive amount of recovery ahead of her.

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  • Tiffany powerApril 06, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    My heart breaks for their families, as a mother I can't imagine the loss, my prayers are with everyone ...

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  • donnaApril 06, 2014 - 10:46 pm

    I would just like to say thank you as a mother I know that I would not want to be going thru such a tragic time and have to read a bunch of comments that talked about what they all shoulda coulda woulda done but didnt.we should all be praying for the ones that are holding on and giving our condolences to the family and friends if the 2 that have been taken frim their loved ones.have alittle love and alot less holier then thou outlook and maybe the familys can stay strong and overcome this tragedy. I am going thru a similar tragedy my 23 yo daughter recently woke up from an 18 day induced coma and life support due to repeated seizures and cannot speak or walk or feed herself now and we face a very ling slow recocery 36. Days now weve been in the hospital .I am here with her every day and yet adult protective services want to take her from me. Where did humanity and compassionate go and when did it turn to such ugly vindictive assumptions that a child cant just b sick the parent must have done something wrong.Please open ur eyes and pay attention to ur children and their friends bfor its too late.

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  • AllisonApril 07, 2014 - 12:07 am

    There was also a Roll over (white truck or SUV laying on it side next to vineyard) on Suisun Valley Road last night around 10-10:30.... was anyone hurt? Anyone know?

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  • Sue KristensenApril 07, 2014 - 11:23 am

    It is a speculation that they were drinking, no proof. Please lets not assume and make comments that only hurt the families. For goodness sake their children have either been lost or seriously injured. Have some respect for these families and the heartache they are enduring.

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  • Joseph PerezApril 07, 2014 - 11:37 am

    Ima miss you Gilbert, love you bro, I'll see you again one day. Till then tear it up in the big muddy field in the sky

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  • jmftApril 07, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    You really should not say names on here the families might not appreciate it!

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  • Christine in FFApril 07, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    jmft~ their names have been released in a press release already.

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  • timApril 07, 2014 - 10:24 pm

    I love You A, so sorry for the loss of your friends. I shed many tears for them as I am sure you have and will. I pray that you are ok. I thank God that you are a survivor. I love you... Uncle T

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