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Motorist Dies in Accident on Napa Road

Two cars were involved in an accident just outside the city of Sonoma limits.

Update Monday night: SFGate reports the victim was an 82-year-old man. His identification is withheld until family have been notified.

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Napa Road was shut down east of the city of Sonoma this afternoon because of a fatal crash, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The crash was reported at 11:46 a.m. on Napa Road at Burnale Road, near the Napa County line.

Initial reports indicated that the crash involved a gray Volvo SUV and a white Toyota Corolla, CHP Officer Kevin Bartlett said.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

The circumstances of the collision remain under investigation.

The road was re-opened to traffic, one lane at a time, by 1 p.m., according to a witness.

Bay City New Service contributed to this report.

MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Sorry for the loss of life. That area is used as a Dragstrip.
Jack Meyhoffer February 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM
I live there and it's not a drag strip.
Jeffrey Wright February 19, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Where do you come up with some of the rhetoric you spew ? Drag racing at 11:46 a.m come on now .... And aren't you a little old to be referring to yourself as a kid ???
Amanda Smith February 19, 2013 at 02:09 AM
The Man that died was my friend please do not act like they were racing. Please respect the loved one before you say harsh things.
Maureen Ramirez February 19, 2013 at 02:31 AM
So sorry for your loss, Amanda. We were driving right behind the car that hit your friend. They were definitely not racing.
Justin Tiem February 19, 2013 at 03:21 AM
I came up on this accident just after it happened. Before EMT or Police arrived. I think it happened just seconds before I passed them because I saw dust from the car veering in the ditch still in the air. I saw someone taking a couple of young kids out of the car. No need to jump to conclusions in referring to drag racing. Ridiculous to say that. I hope the kids and the others in the car weren't hurt and I feel bad for the man who died. I didn't think it was that bad when I saw it, but it appears it was worse than it looked.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 19, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Where in my comment did I say, the wreck was due to racing? I was stating cars drive way to fast on this strech of road. The story states the collision remain under investigation. That area has seen may passing related crashes. The point is Napa Road has taken one more life. We need to be safe out there.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 19, 2013 at 03:49 AM
More on this crash from SF gate. The man Killed was in his 80s http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/CHP-investigating-fatal-crash-near-Sonoma-4288216.php
Maureen Ramirez February 19, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Michael, from our view (and we had a bird's-eye one) the car pulled out right in front on the car that was headed down the highway. Unfortunate. The Volvo driving along Napa Rd. was driving at an appropriate speed, but had no way to avoid the driver who had pulled right out in front of him. I don't think he even had time to brake.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 19, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Yes Maureen First off sorry you had to see that. Yes the SF gate tells the same.
Maureen Ramirez February 19, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Michael, yep, just so sad. I'm not sure why he chose to pull out right in front of the Volvo, but it just makes me sad. Sad for who he could have left behind. Such a strange dichotomy that in this beautiful area, we could witness such a horrific scene.
Amanda Smith February 20, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I apoligize. I was a little hasty to judge your comment. He married my husband and I. I'm just sad that he's home.

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