Two Major Accidents Are Yet Another Reminder of the Dangers of Delta Roads

C.A. Giacoma
Staff Writer
April 13, 2016

River News-Herald

Photo Credit: Allison Meyer-Cox

Each of the two through-Delta state highways were the scenes of fatal accidents in the past week with a victim total of nine persons, six of them dead.

The first, at about 7 a.m. on April 5th, claimed the life of 34-year-old John Her of Sacramento when he crossed over the center line on Highway 160 in Clarksburg.  Mr. Her, driving in a Honda Civic, collided head-on with an Elk Grove man who was traveling north in a pick-up truck. Fortunately, the driver of the truck, who was innocent, survived the accident. Residents of the area were heard saying, “it wasn’t if, but when,” noting that ever since the new Consumes on-ramp of Interstate 5, there has been a marked increase in speeding traffic cutting over between Elk Grove and South Sacramento. This was the second fatal crash on this stretch of highway in less than a month.

On Saturday, a Honda Civic with three young women and two toddlers from Modesto speeding along highway 12 attempted to pass multiple cars. The 21-year-old driver, Ms. Montoya, was suspected of being under the influence when she crashed head-on into a pick-up truck containing a Richmond family. Fortunately the family in the pick-up survived. Every person in the Honda was killed including a three-year-old child and a 2 1/2 year old child that died later at NorthBay Medical Center.

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