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Woodland: Unsafe Speed Caused Crash that Killed Three and Injured Seven

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The unsafe speed of a box truck driver caused the multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 that killed three people and injured seven near Woodland on Monday, August 8th, according to the California Highway Patrol. At about 12:45 p.m. that day, 38-year-old Carlos Hernandez failed to decelerate when traffic on the freeway had come to a standstill and rear-ended several vehicles, the impact causing many of them to burst into flames. Unable to escape the fire in their 2004 Chevy Tahoe, 53-year-old Robert Lee Taylor and 49-year-old Linda Danell Taylor did not survive. Two-year-old La-nessa Leann DeMillo was also killed in the crash, while the other occupants of the vehicle in which she was riding, 21-year-old Brianna DeMillo and 61-year-old Ted Laycock, were seriously injured and taken to local hospitals. Also injured were the four occupants of a 1998 Ford Expedition, Arturo Carrera, 41, Guadulupe Carrera, 30, Adrian Carrera, 13, and Destiny Gonzles, 4. Paramedics transported them, as well as Hernandez, to nearby hospitals. Authorities are investigating the accident.

Woodland accounted for 105 of the 1,054 fatal and injury motor vehicle traffic accidents that occurred in Yolo County in 2009, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’smost current data. That year, traffic-related fatalities decreased by 10.3 percent, from 3,434 in 2008 to 3,081 in 2009, the lowest number recorded since 1975. A similar trend was recorded nationwide, with a 9.7-percent decline in the number of people killed in crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Robert Lee Taylor, Linda Danell Taylor, and La-nessa Leann DeMillo, the three people who were killed in the crash last Monday. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Ted Laycock, Brianna DeMillo, Arturo Carrera, Guadulupe Carrera, Adrian Carrera, Destiny Gonzales, and Carlos Hernandez, the seven people who were injured.

KOVR, channel 13, originally reported this accident.

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