Crime, Fire + Courts

Fatal Woodland crash blamed on impaired driver

By From page A3 | January 08, 2012

A Woodland man is dead and two others hospitalized following a Friday night car crash that resulted in the driver’s arrest on manslaughter charges, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred at about 9 p.m. as the 22-year-old male driver, whose name was not released as of Saturday morning, took the County Road 102 exit off Interstate 5 in Woodland.

A CHP news release said the driver was intoxicated, causing him to lose control of his 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse, which ran off the road and overturned several times before coming to rest on its roof.

Three passengers in the car — none of whom was wearing a seat belt, according to the CHP — were ejected from the car. A 25-year-old Woodland man died at the scene from his injuries, while two others — Woodland residents ages 21 and 22 — were hospitalized with major injuries.

Yolo County coroner’s officials identified the man who died as Robert Dale Sunderland III. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

CHP officials said the driver, who had been wearing a seat belt, was treated for minor injuries at the UC Davis Medical Center. He was arrested on felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or (530) 747-8048. Follow her on Twitter @laurenkeene

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