The Latest – Jan. 19, Wednesday

8:50 p.m.

Woodland police said on Tuesday that a woman named Damaris Gonzalez was reported missing. On Wednesday, the coroner’s office identified the woman who was found dead as Gonzalez.

Jan. 18: 1 p.m.

The California Highway Patrol identified the driver of the crash as a 19-year-old woman from Woodland. Her name has not been released.

Investigators said it’s unknown when her Chrysler 300 sedan traveled across the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 and onto the onramp before it crashed into a tree and fell into the embankment.

CHP said they have yet to find any witnesses to the crash.


Original story below:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Officials are trying to get answers into a deadly crash after the wreckage of a car was found down an embankment near Interstate 80 in Sacramento Tuesday morning.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Carlisle said around 5:18 a.m., a caller reported seeing a vehicle in a ditch just off the onramp to westbound I-80 from West El Camino Avenue.

Emergency responders found the car down the embankment, under thick brush and trees.

One person was found dead inside the car, Sgt. Carlisle said.

For a time, the CHP closed down the onramp to pull the car from the embankment and tow it away.

Now, CHP investigators said they are looking into just how long the car was down the embankment and how it got there. 

Carlisle said investigators believe the driver did not crash from the onramp but instead, was driving “freeway speeds” on westbound I-80 when the car went across the interstate and crashed into the ditch at a high speed.

Investigators are also looking into whether the fatal crash occurred well before Tuesday morning’s call came in, but Carlisle said they do not have an estimate for how long the crashed car may have been there.

The person who died has not been identified.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.