Cherry Valley student injured in Tuesday's fatal crash
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.
School officials in Petaluma confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the child injured in Tuesday's fatal Highway 121 head-on crash is a kindergartener at Mary Collins School in Cherry Valley.
Principal Chad Carvey sent an email out informing the students and parents Wednesday afternoon.
“At this time, our student is in serious condition and I am asking that all our Cherry Valley family keep this child, and her father (also in serious condition), in our thoughts and prayers,” Carvey said in the email.
The crash, which occurred Tuesday evening south of Sonoma, involved 26-year-old Damodar Chandradas, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he lost control of his vehicle.
Traveling south on Highway 121 toward Highway 37, Chandradas was seen passing traffic in the northbound lane in his 1997-four-door Jaguar, according to witnesses.
Chandradas allegedly was heading back into his lane after passing another vehicle when he moved too far over and veered onto the shoulder. He then swung back across his lane and continued into the oncoming traffic, where he collided with a 1994 Toyota Corolla carrying the 5-year-old girl and her father from Greenbrae.
A 25-year-old passenger in Chandradas' vehicle died in the collision. Chandradas was transported by helicopter to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa.
Corolla driver Gustavo Adolfo Mejia, 26, and his daughter suffered major injuries. Mejia was taken to Napa hospital, while his daughter was flown to Oakland Children's Hospital.
Carvey could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon, but school officials said they'd be issuing details on how to donate to the girl's family in the days to come.
(Contact Janelle Wetzstein at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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