Sacto 9-1-1
February 14, 2012
Little boy killed in suspected road rage incident identified by coroner

The Sacramento County Coroner's office has released the name of a four-year-old boy who was been killed in what authorities described as a road rage incident involving his father and a second driver.

Ryan Chanthavong of Sacramento died after his father, 26-year-old Joe Chanthavong, crashed his car as the second driver followed him and he tried to exit from Interstate 5 near the Garden Highway Saturday afternoon.

When Chanthavong lost control of his car, it went down an embankment, according to a California Highway Patrol officer.

The boy, who was not properly secured in a child restraint seat, was thrown from the car and killed.

Joe Chanthavong and the child's mother, 23-year-old Melinda Phouglonghong, who was also in the car, suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the second car drove away.

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