UPDATE: Fatal Circle Oaks Crash Victim ID'd

Cody A. Dalen was pronounced dead at the scene.

UPDATE: 9:32 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.

A 19-year-old Vallejo man was pronounced dead at the scene of a solo vehicle crash at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday on southbound Highway 121, 0.9 miles south of Circle Oaks Drive.

Cody A. Dalen was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Adam A. Luzzi, 18, of Fairfield, who was airlifted by CHP helicopter to Queen of the Valley Hospital. A second passenger, Antonio Del Castillo, 17 of Fairfield, was taken to the hospital by ambulance, said CHP Officer C. Correa.

Correa said the three men were part of a caravan of cars driving home from Lake Berryessa when the vehicle went over a 40-foot embankment.

CHP Sgt. W. Bradshaw was on patrol traveling northbound on Highway 121 when he noticed people from the car caravan out of their cars, trying to help the crash victims. Bradshaw notified dispatch and then climbed down the embankment to aid at the scene, Correa said.

Two of the men were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by CalFire Napa and other emergency personnel, Correa said. He had no immediate word on the two survivors' conditions, but he said that they were conscious and coherent at the scene and that their injuries did not appear to be life threatening at that time.

Correa said there was no reason to believe alcohol or drugs were involved. The cause of the crash is under investigation, he said.

ORIGINAL STORY: 3:15 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.

By Bay City News Service

Representatives from the Napa County coroner's office were called to the site of a crash in rural Napa County on Sunday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said.

A spokeswoman for CalFire Napa said one person was confirmed dead and three others were being examined at Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

The crash was reported at about 1:45 p.m. on state Highway 121 near Circle Oaks Drive in the tiny community of Circle Oaks, about 12 miles northeast of downtown Napa, CHP Officer James Evans said. According to CHP dispatchers, a car went 40 feet down an embankment about 1 mile north of South Circle Oaks Drive.

Two occupants of a vehicle were reportedly trapped, Evans said, and officers at the scene summoned the coroner's office at 2:12 p.m. The roadway was cleared by 4:23 p.m, the CHP said.

It was unclear if more than one vehicle was involved in the crash.

In that area east of Castle Peak, Highway 121 is known as Monticello Road.

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--Napa Valley Patch Editor Keri Brenner contributed to this story.

Kelley McDaniel February 25, 2013 at 06:10 PM
so you didn't say this????"Add to that Drugs,Drinking and Speed you get bad crashes." becouse that is what I read and it was "implied" .... neither here nor there Micheal, would be nice in tragedies such as this for people to just pray and give there condolencences, instead they start placing blame....
Kim Staton February 25, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Michael P. Wilson I get what you're saying. I read it the way u intended. Prayers going out to all involved.
Halia Daugherty February 25, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Why the hell are people arguing and even being the least bit negative! Everyone shut up. We lost our friend! None of this other bullshit is important I'm sick of this world. Would everyone just shut up I don't understand this world AT ALL. It sickens me. You guys all sound stupid using this as a hate argument towards each other? Please. People are balling their eyes out right now! All we need is peace.
Halia Daugherty February 25, 2013 at 07:48 PM
My prayers go out to anyone who was in the accident and to anyone even affected by this catastrophe, including all of my friends who loved him!
Keri Brenner (Editor) February 25, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Our prayers and condolences go out to the friends and families of the three people in the crash. So sorry for your loss.
Cody will be missed February 25, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Very well said, and completely true. This was no "accident", and could have been avoided, if it were not for his reckless driving. He is responsible for Cody's death, and hopefully he shall face manslaughter charges and serve time for his crime.
Cody will be missed February 25, 2013 at 09:26 PM
I agree, I hope Adam makes it, and it looks like he will. However, I hope he makes it for a different reason. Hoping he realizes the extent of what his reckless behavior has done, taken the life of a son, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend. Also hoping he serves time for his crime. This could have been prevented if he hadn't been so stupid.
831_6ftrNtha707 February 25, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Dad is gonna miss yah, cody. thanks to dylan for trying. I love you n miss you
Amanda Jean February 25, 2013 at 09:39 PM
RIP Cody.. ily
Anonymous February 25, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Just to clarify there was not even the slightest hint of "hate" in the above comment I posted. I simply am stating the facts; irresponsible driving results in severe repercussions-in this case a fatality. It's sad, it's Unfortunate. I've seen the type of driving Adam exhibited and always thought to myself "how could someone drive in such a reckless fashion on a daily basis without hurting himself or anyone else around him" let alone driving extremely reckless with passengers in the car. It's completely disrespectful in my opinion and leads to catastrophic events such as this one. Like I said my sympathy and prayers are with the families including the driver-but I already foresaw a wreck happening if this individual driving dynamics/habits still persisted. I'm sorry this happened and I hope this will prove to be a lesson for any of our other friends in the Cordelia/GV area-straight up. There are so many other alternatives for LEGAL spirited driving such as Wednesday night drags at Infineon raceway, open track day at Thunder Hill, or even
Anonymous February 25, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Escorted car meets that involve spirited driving through closed sections of roads. I just hate to see this type of thing happen, unfold, take place-whatever. I don't wish anything upon the driver but what's done has need done and the law is the law. It's out of anyone's reach whether he is prosecuted or not. This was an honest mistake that resulted in such a negative conclusion. I can't imagine what's going through everyone's head right now. I'm truly sorry this happened.
Julie DeSoto February 25, 2013 at 11:54 PM
"Before you speak, think. Is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? Will it hurt anyone? Will it improve on the silence?" Sri Sathya
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 26, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Very interesting on the negligent driving aspect.
nate b boen February 26, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau February 26, 2013 at 05:14 AM
Flagged for profanity.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 26, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Must be from Vallejo
Keri Brenner (Editor) February 26, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Hi Nataley Stone: Thanks for your comment, and for your obvious passion on this story. However, our terms of use for Napa Valley Patch do not permit profanity on this forum, so your comment has been deleted. Please feel free to repost a comment without the profanity. Thanks.
V_Therese February 26, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Also, a tip to Nataley: While grossly incorrect English usage is certainly not prohibited; a comment with correct spelling and grammar makes much more of an impact.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 28, 2013 at 12:37 AM
People like me live longer http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9898519/Victory-for-Victor-Meldrew-as-pessimistic-people-live-longer.html
Sherry McGarity March 03, 2013 at 01:51 PM
I've driven that road more than a few times in preparation of my farm for when I move out there, it is dangerous for ANYONE at any time, and my fear is not MY driving, but someone coming around those sharp corners FORCING me into a bad situation. People SPEED, sit on your bumper to push you out of their way, VERY RUDE! And it's people who live out there mostly, as it IS mostly a RESIDENTIAL area. SLOW DOWN FOLKS! You'll know me when I'm there all the time, because I'll be holding up the traffic! You can bet on it!!!!
Sherry McGarity March 03, 2013 at 01:56 PM
I have traveled that road a few times in preparation of my farm that I'll be moving to. People have sat on my bumper practically to get me out of their way. HOW RUDE! Just to let folks know, you WILL know who I am, because I'll be holding up all the RESIDENTIAL traffic when I'm there full time. You WON'T push me off the road! That young man may have been "pushed" by someone else, you don't know. So let him rest in peace, and re-consider yourselves.
Sherry McGarity March 03, 2013 at 05:06 PM
the most reasonable thing we can do as parents and as the people/neighbors who live out there and drive that road daily, can we not work together for a solution that is safer for all of us and our children/families? We enjoy living there or else we would not put our lives in danger this way. It's so beautiful, looking down upon all the vineyards as you drive, carefully. But we should not be looking at anything but the road, it is hard, I know. Could we not work together as neighbors and somehow make the road safer for us all? I'm not an engineer, I'm only a nurse. But I'd be willing to hear reasonable suggestions for this cause. Is anyone interested?
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" March 03, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Sherry the road is safe most of the time when used right. The state has put in turnouts so slow traffic can pull off. I would also point out the CHP is now saying speeding was a factor,You can not defend dangerous driving.
Sherry McGarity March 04, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Moose, I am someone who cares deeply about this situation. I am a nurse who will be working at the local hospital, and I'd rather not see any of you there as a patient. What is there that we can do to help rectify/improve this situation? I've met some of the Sheriff's dept. and they are very interested in this , but what to do? Perhaps you have a direction, or know someone who does? Do we write letters? What would your suggestions be to make this a cause?
Sherry McGarity March 04, 2013 at 01:01 AM
were you there , anonymous? now that you are bravely making your statement behind anonymity. your comments are without soul because you won't tell us who you are. Man-up, Woman-up, or shut-up.
Sherry McGarity March 04, 2013 at 01:07 AM
bravely said behind the cloak of ANONYMITY. your words are meaningless and fall on deaf ears because you haven't the courage to speak up as a true human being. It's easy to accuse when you weren't there, you have no idea what happened, and yet you spit BLAME on someone who is not here to defend himself. Man-up, Woman-up or shut-up!
Anonymous March 11, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Sherry mcgatity your lunatic. I choose to be anonymous because I know the driver and a few others that were a part of that caravan personally. They are friends. Your statement is dumb. People don't just wreck that bad because someone came in they're lane or whatever your demented assumption is. It is evident and factual that the driver was driving irresponsibly. Plane and simple. There are text messages from occupants following the would be doomed car telling the driver to slow the heck down. Relax and know your place Sherry. Your just some citizen reading the story you don't know who these people are personally.
Anonymous March 11, 2013 at 05:00 PM
And Michael P we are not from Vallejo. That's a low blow. Hood people that lack class, etiquette, and morals aren't the only negligent drivers...SOME suburban teens that reside in Green Valley also drive like parasites.
Sherry McGarity March 12, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Anonymous, you are the only one delivering "low blows". You have no reasoning power about any of this, and obviously have "mental issues". Now run along and let the grownups have their discussion.
Marsha Jones April 16, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Anonymous -- I'm a PI. I'm working on this assignment. Can you contact me at marsha9048@yahoo.com?


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