Source: Alcohol containers found at scene of deadly Rio Vista crash
Several bottles of alcoholic beverages were found at the scene of a head-on crash that killed four people and injured six others in Rio Vista on Wednesday, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the matter.
Police are investigating the likelihood that the crash was caused by an intoxicated driver who veered from a lane of traffic and collided head-on with the other vehicle, the source said.
The crash happened around 8:15 p.m. along Highway 12 near Summerset Drive, forcing the full closure of the freeway while police and other first responders processed the scene of the collision. The roadway re-opened around 2 a.m. Thursday.
In a press release issued by the Rio Vista Police Department, the agency said a Honda Accord sedan and a Chevrolet Suburban sports utility vehicle (SUV) were involved in the crash.
The registered owner of the Honda Accord, a 19-year-old woman from Vacaville, was a passenger inside the sedan and died in the crash, the police department said. A 20-year-old man from Rancho Cordova was driving the Accord and also died in the crash, as did a young woman who is being identified only as “Jane Doe.”
Police say the Accord drove into oncoming traffic, over-corrected, then smashed into the Suburban. Two people inside the Accord were ejected and killed on impact.
Inside the Suburban was a family who was vacationing from Mexico. One person, identified as Laura Poiret, was listed as the fourth fatality in the collision.
At least six other people were injured in the crash, including a teenager and an 8-year-old girl. Police said they have had difficulty making concrete identifications of the people who were inside that vehicle, but have preliminary information about those victims.
The police department said it will not make a determination of DUI involving any of the drivers or passengers involved in the crash, but confirmed that alcohol containers were found inside and around the Accord.
The California Highway Patrol, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office, the Rio Vista Fire Department and Medic Ambulance assisted at the scene of the crash.