Sacto 9-1-1
September 4, 2012
Update: Driver arrested, suspected of DUI in fatal Yolo crash

A Redwood City man has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after two people were killed in a crash west of the Yolo County community of Rumsey on Monday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Reyes Barajas, 46, was driving on State Route 16 east of County Road 40 about 4:45 p.m. Monday when his pickup went off the roadway, traveled down a steep embankment and hit a tree.

The passenger in the front seat, a 39-year-old woman from Redwood City, and a 14-year-old boy in the back seat, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Robert LaBrash, Yolo County chief deputy coroner, identified the woman as Ann Marie Miller. He said the cause of death was a neck fracture. LaBrash said Miller was wearing a seat belt.

The boy's name has not been released pending positive identification by family. LaBrash said the youth died of a blunt-force chest injury. It is not known whether the boy was wearing a seat belt.

At the scene, Barajas was suspected to have been driving while intoxicated, according to the CHP. He survived with moderate injuries and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital by helicopter.

Officers from the Santa Rosa office responded to the hospital and determined that Barajas was driving under the influence at the time of the crash. He was placed under arrest for two counts of felony DUI, causing death.

Barajas could face additional counts of manslaughter, according to the CHP. He remains in the hospital, according to a CHP statement released Monday.

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