Father Dies, Infant and Mother Hospitalized after Crashing into Sacramento River

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CLARKSBURG -- A man has died and his 1-year-old son and the child's mother have been hospitalized after their sedan crashed into the Sacramento River Wednesday night.

Drivers along South River Road, which winds along the river, say the stretch of road can be hazardous, especially at night.

“This road's very, very, very dangerous," said Sandra Luther.

Luther is one of the countless drivers who frequently travel along Highway 160 in Yolo County.

CHP officials report a black sedan driven by a 25-year-old Fairfield man was speeding at approximately 80 mph when the car went off the levee, hitting a tree before overturning. It was found partially submerged in the Sacramento River.

"For unknown reasons, that vehicle veered off the roadway," said Armando Ocampo with CHP Woodland.

Officials say the man, identified by the Yolo County Coroner's Office as Emilio Villagomez Rivera, died when he was ejected from the car.

A 24-year-old female passenger from Elk Grove was wearing a seatbelt but suffered moderate injuries.

"The right rear passenger was a child, 1-year-old, was ejected from the vehicle and sustained major injuries," Ocampo told FOX40.

Officials say the boy may not have been properly restrained in his car seat.

"The only person that was restrained was the right front passenger," Ocampo said.

While drivers like Luther say people commuting on South River Road need to slow down, she said she’s hoping for a full recovery for the injured mother and her child.

"I hope he's better. Oh, I hope he survives," Luther said. "If he’s strong enough he’ll make it through anything. Apparently, God was on his side."

Officials say alcohol or drugs may have played a factor in the crash. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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