Sacto 9-1-1
January 7, 2013
UPDATE: Plymouth man dies in crash blamed on high speed, fog

High speed and fog led to a head-on collision early this morning in which one person died and two others were injured, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred about 3:42 a.m. on Jackson Highway, west of Eagles Nest Road, in Sacramento County. John D. Bernet, 49, of Plymouth, was driving a 2003 Nissan 300 ZX westbound on Jackson Highway, when he came upon a slower vehicle, which had been traveling at 55 mph, and elected to pass, according to a CHP news release.

Bernet's vehicle traveled into the opposing lane and collided head-on with an eastbound 1997 Honda Accord driven by Mary J. Kelly, 37, of Pine Grove.

Officials said Bernet was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.

Kelly was wearing a seat belt and was transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center with major injuries. Her 13-year-old daughter, who also was wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was taken to U.C. Davis Medical Center, according to the news release.

The fog-bound road was closed for about three hours due to crash debris on the pavement, re-opening about 6:45 a.m.

The collision is still under investigation. CHP officials said it has not been determined whether alcohol was a factor in the collision.

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