Napa Woman, 23, Killed in East Bay Crash

She was a passenger in a car that was hit by a motorist who had been reported to CHP as a possible drunk driver before the crash. By Bay City News Service.


A man from Antioch was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and killing a passenger when he crashed into another car on eastbound state Highway 4 in Concord Friday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The fatal crash was reported at 10:43 p.m. on eastbound Highway 4 just west of Solano Way, the CHP said. A 32-year-old Antioch man was driving his 1999 Honda Accord on the highway when he made an unsafe lane change, crashing into a 2004 Mazda 6 driven by a 29-year-old Napa resident, according to the CHP.

A 23-year-old woman also from Napa was a passenger in the Mazda.

The collision caused the Mazda driver to lose control and travel off the roadway where the car collided into a light pole, according to the CHP.

The Mazda continued down a dirt embankment where it came to a rest in a dirt field south of the highway and west of Solano Way. The 23-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic, while the driver in the Mazda was taken to a hospital for broken ribs and vertebrae and internal bleeding, according to the CHP.

The Antioch man, the only person in his car, stopped his Honda in the center median and was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and manslaughter, the CHP said. The suspected drunken driver complained of pain to his wrist following the collision.

The Honda had earlier been reported to CHP dispatch as a possible drunken driver.

By Bay City News Service.

Jajcoa August 26, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Im sorry to hear about it like this about a good friend of mine that I care so much I pray him and his friend s family that lost such a young love one so tragectly to a drunk driver....
Xulio Soriano August 26, 2012 at 10:12 PM
My friend was very close to the person who has now passed away. They have opened a bank account to fundraise for the costs of funeral, and other costs (possibly sending body ouf of country). Louisa, how would this work? Can I put you in touch with this friend? I got a call from her asking me how to tell the media about their efforts to get doantions. I directed her to the editors of the Napa Register, and to the Bay City News nwesrrom email. This friend of mine was just with the familyu of the victim today.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) August 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Julio, yes, your friend can call me at 227-9862 or email napa@patch.com. I'd like to help in any way I can.
Mark Mathews August 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Well posted.
F Otterbeck August 27, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Thank you, but I am not a Mr nor a liberal. Police funding has been cut, and no matter what the reason, we no longer have enforcement. I think we should focus on protecting our young people and not on political posturing.
F Otterbeck August 27, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Julio and Jajcoa, I am so very sorry for your loss. There just aren't words. I wish they had caught the person before she was harmed. My thoughts are with you.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" August 27, 2012 at 02:56 AM
The CHP Is brass top heavy We need more officers.We have 6 ranks between but not counting sargeant and Commissioner. With 5000 to 6000 how many are on patrol?
Christy Keene August 27, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Sorry, F, I thought that was your name, I was trying to be respectful. If we want to fix a problem, shouldn't we be able to discuss the reasons for it's existence? Seems essential if we really want to fix it. It's the epitome of political posturing to instantly throw up the "children" or race card. Few are falling for that anymore, Sir.
Xulio Soriano August 27, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Thank you Louisa! I'm fordwarding her your info.
F Otterbeck August 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Yes, but really I am sorry I brought it up as we are not focusing on the girl.
Christy Keene August 27, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Wow. So you act self righteous when you don't have a response. People can have any discussion they choose on a public comment section.
Jennifer August 27, 2012 at 08:16 PM
This young woman was killed by a drunk driver. The fact that this man choose to drink and drive has nothing to do with where are taxes go. FYI.
Belle (Orchid Lady) August 27, 2012 at 08:18 PM
My thoughts and prayers to the families who have been hurt by this tragic event that could have been prevented.
Christy Keene August 27, 2012 at 09:02 PM
So the CHP can catch every criminal before they cause someone harm?! Reality is not a superhero movie. This was a tragedy. Unfortunately, tragedies occur. Please people, let's try some critical thinking.
Christy Keene August 27, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Yes, Jennifer it does. Because many people in our society blame police officers, who can't be everywhere at everytime, whenever something horrible happens. One commenter blamed budget cuts. That's what I was responding to.
Mark Mathews August 28, 2012 at 12:11 AM
This sad event is reflective on Hwy 12 and 37 in that it takes an incredible loss of life in order to shake the powers that be into doing something; lax drunk driving laws have just taken another innocent life. Prayers to the relatives of the deceased; may she rest in peace.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" August 28, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I blame the fact you Can often see 4 or 5 CHP SO and Othe PD at Starbucks on Break.
Tim Fertiny August 28, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Are they not allowed breaks?
Tim Fertiny August 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Hey RepubliKid, I thought you were staying and paying @ the register...Now you here grinding you P.S. axes???
Juan arana August 30, 2012 at 05:30 AM
todos lo ke toman porfavor no majen porke provoncan accidentes le an kitado la vida una gran conpañera ke fue a la escuela conmigo y dejar a un amigo muy grabe en el hospital por causa de un borracho.DONT DRINK AND DRIVE.
Mark Mathews August 31, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Que? Como?! No entiende Senor. English por favor; English. Muchas gracias.
Mark Mathews August 31, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Pity they don't congregate at Caffinos...
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 01, 2012 at 01:41 AM
It's pretty summed up with the DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE, as the last sentence. His free speech is not limited to English. If you want I will be more than happy to translate it for you?
lupita September 01, 2012 at 03:44 AM
To the family of Maria Anaya. Reso para que Dios les de fuersa, paz, y serenidad enfrentando este dolor tan grande. She was a wonderful and kind soul. I had the honor of working with her as her school counselor. She will be greatly missed. R.I.P Maria. To the general public. PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. The pain that a tragedy like this creates in a family is indescribable.
Mark Mathews September 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Thank you Belle,I appreciate the (smarmy) offer, but since I found NOT A ONE translation program on the Internet that WOULD correctly translate that very long line of Spanish, I was rather hoping the poster would instead, hurry up and learn the language of this nation AND success, and repost it in English. Why he couldn't manage the first bit is still questionable, since he did "muy bueno" on the last four words. "Speech" means little, if not understood.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" September 01, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Not all Breaks should be taken at the sametime. Funny I can not get my Credit card to work on the other site
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 01, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Mark, I don't understand how you can accuse others of being rude, yet I when I offered to translate it, and you call me "smarmy"? The reason it won't translate on a program is because he used 'short cuts' in his spelling, similar to the way people do when they text. My offer was sincere, and I have a feeling that perhaps Ms. Maria Anayas family or friends speak both English and Spanish, and the commenter was posting for them. IMHO. He said "Everybody who drinks, please don't drive because it provokes accidents. The life of a great friend that I went to school with has been taken, and has left another gravely injured in the hospital at the fault of a drunk. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE." On a personal note, my daughter and her boyfriend know the young man in the hospital, and we all have him in our thoughts and prayers!
Mark Mathews September 01, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Not rudeness per-Se, rather I read the probable implication into your post, since I thought you would already HAD translated it "for" me. Taking you at your word, if you DID mean that honestly, then I apologize, and thank you for translating that foreign language sentence for me. I already did receive the “gist” of it when trying to translate it previously, using a number of internet programs, which all failed miserably. Yes indeed; prayers to the family of the deceased, and the family of the perpetrator of the murder, plus a hopefully swift and hard justice to the perpetrator of it all.
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 01, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Mark- I'm sorry that my post came off 'taunting'? I really meant it, but I wasn't sure you even wanted to know what it said, or if you were just angry someone posted in Spanish. Anyways I'm always happy to help. The translating programs won't help if the words aren't spelled right, but many people, whether they mean to or not, use "K" when writing/texting, as a shot cut for 'qu' as in "k paso" (what happened) in stead of que paso. Don't know if that helps, but a future tip, the letter "K" is almost never used in the Spanish language, it's always "que, cue,".
Tim Fertiny September 01, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Hey RepubliKid, Sorry to hear your credit card isnt working, I am sure P.S. had something to do with it....By the way I took up a collection from the bloggers here, we will cover your cost to stay @ the Register and keep Glenroy company LOL LOL


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