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QUESTION: Can you shed some light on the investigation of the death of Auxiliary Bishop Gallegos on Highway 99?
Submitted by: Gabriele, Carmichael
ANSWER: Auxiliary Bishop Alphonse Gallegos died the night of Oct. 6, 1991, in a traffic collision on a dark stretch of Highway 99 north of Yuba City.
According to stories in The Bee, Gallegos, 60, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Gonzalo Santiago Ruiz of Sacramento. They were southbound on Highway 99 when the car's engine died. The two men were pushing the car in the freeway's fast lane -- Gallegos on the passenger's side and Ruiz on the driver's side -- when another southbound car, driven by Shary Wilson of Sacramento, slammed into their car, killing Gallegos.
A California Highway Patrol officer said at the time that Wilson, 27, was not at fault and there was little she could have done to avoid the collision. The officer said Gallegos' vehicle was in the center of the fast lane, without lights, in an area where there were few streetlights.
Wilson reportedly told the officer that she was traveling 60 to 65 mph with the flow of traffic. She glanced into her rearview mirror and when she looked forward, the men and the vehicle were about 30 feet in front of her.
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