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Motorist dies from injuries in East Davis crash; second driver arrested

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From page A2 | February 02, 2014 | 2 Comments

UPDATE: An elderly Vacaville woman has died from injuries she sustained in a vehicle accident Saturday afternoon at East Covell Boulevard and Baywood Lane, the Davis Police Department reported Sunday.

Ruth D. Morales, who had celebrated her 85th birthday on Friday, was pronounced dead shortly before 9 p.m. at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, according to the Sacramento County coroner’s office. Investigators said Morales required extrication from her vehicle, which had crashed into a tree at the East Davis intersection shortly after 2 p.m.

Armando Gonzalez, 39, of Woodland, was arrested on suspicion of causing both the fatal collision and a second crash that occurred moments later at East Covell Boulevard and Pole Line Road, police reported. He was lodged at the Yolo County Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run.

Anyone who witnessed either collision is asked to contact Davis police Sgt. Rod Rifredi at 530-747-5413.

Earlier story:

Davis police were investigating two separate injury accidents on Covell Boulevard on Saturday evening and had arrested an individual suspected of being involved in both collisions.

Sgt. Frank Tenedora said the first accident occurred at about 2 p.m. Saturday when two cars collided at the intersection of Covell and Baywood Lane. The driver of one of the cars, whom Tenedora declined to identify, then allegedly left the scene and continued west on Covell before colliding with another car at the intersection of Covell and Pole Line Road.

The driver involved in both collisions was later arrested on a felony hit-and-run charge, Tenedora said. He declined to identify the driver because the investigation was still in its early stages.

Davis Fire Capt. Brian Lynch said the first crash at Baywood and Covell resulted in major injuries to one individual who was extricated from the car by firefighters using the jaws of life and who was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Lynch said two other victims suffered minor to moderate injuries.

The crashes left portions of westbound Covell shut down Saturday evening as members of the Davis Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team worked the accident scenes in both locations.

“They’re going to be out there for a quite a while,” Tenedora said.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

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  • JulieFebruary 02, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    A special thank you to the Davis Police department for their handling of both of these accidents and their tireless work until late at night to carefully document all the details. One witness spent a significant amount of time speaking to me after our truck was rear ended. Her acts of kindness made a really traumatic accident for my family easier. And thank you to the emergency crews who took us to the hospital. We live in a great community and I just have to thank everyone involved. I am sadden to hear that the other victim lost her life.

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  • SandyFebruary 16, 2014 - 4:47 pm

    I'm very grateful that Mrs. Mohr and her daughter were not more seriously ill and that there was someone there to support her and her family through this traumatic time. The first victim was my Aunt, and although her birthday was the day before, she was not celebrating. She had just put my Uncle in a dementia facility that past week, and was visiting him daily. I still can't believe she is gone or that she died so horribly. I read where the excuse is seizures that the driver has had since childhood...even if the DMV has issued a license, surely he knows his condition could cause harm to him or others--a vehicle is a weapon when not operated properly. I know many who have had seizures, and none of them drive (voluntarily). I would not want his conscience. I'd also like to thank anyone who was involved in trying to help all of these victims.

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