Speed a Factor in Vacaville Crash that Killed 2, Police Say

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scene of the crash
Scene of the crash.


Vacaville Police think speed is to blame for a head-on collision that happened on Vine Street shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday.

“At this point, it appears speed to play a role in this collision,” said Vacaville Police Sgt. Mark Donaldson.

The Loneys, who live on the corner of Vine Street heard the crash.

“We went out to the front of the house and saw the two vehicles had collided,” said Ted Loney.

Police say when the Mazda Miata failed to negotiate a curve on Vine Street, it hit a Honda Civic with four occupants head-on – trapping the driver.

“The driver was pinned in the car, and the neighbor was actually in the car with him at that time just trying to help him, trying to talk to him and the engine of the car was sitting on top of him,” said Loney.

What happened is described by the Loneys as disturbing.

“When my wife ran down to the car she could see that the passenger was a woman that was probably killed instantly on impact. And there was a gentleman driving the car that was actually not doing well, and when the paramedics arrived they were able to get him out of the car. Once they got him in the ambulance, they took him back out. Not too long after that, for he passed away also,” said Loney.

Sgt. Mark Donaldson and the Loneys believe the tragic accident could have been avoided.

“This is a tragic, just senseless tragedy that didn’t have to occur and it’s all based on speeding,” said Sgt. Donaldson.

“Please slow down, it’s not worth it, it’s not worth it. Life is too precious,” said Anna Loney.

The name of the deceased have not been released, pending notification of next of kin. As for the surviving victims, the 19-year-old driver in the Honda Civic was life-flighted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The other teenage boys were taken to hospitals in Vacaville and Fairfield for treatment. Their conditions have not been released.

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