The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of a single-car crash that left one man dead and another hospitalized Thursday morning.
A male passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:50 a.m. incident, which occurred on southbound County Road 89 south of County Road 29 north of Winters. His name had not been released as of Thursday evening, pending notification of his next of kin.
According to the CHP, 24-year-old Francisco Alberto Lopez Quezada was at the wheel of the 2000 Ford Crown Victoria that drifted off the right side of the road. Quezada overcorrected to the left, crossing the roadway and entering a drainage ditch, where the car struck an elevated embankment.
Reports indicate the car was launched over a farm road before rolling over several times, partially ejecting the passenger and causing his body to be crushed by the Ford when it came to rest. Quezada was airlifted to the UC Davis Medical Center with major injuries.
The CHP reported that speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, and an investigation will be conducted to determine whether alcohol or drugs played a role as well. Anyone with information is asked to call the Woodland CHP office at 530-662-4685.