UPDATE: Drunk Driving May Be To Blame In Placer County Fatal Head-On Crash
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PENRYN (CBS13) – Drunk driving may be to blame in a fatal head-on crash in Placer County early Wednesday morning.
The crash on happened at about 6:15 a.m. on Sierra College Boulevard near Caperton Court in Penryn.
Two minivans collided head-on, resulting in the death of one of the drivers. Andrey Yushchuk, 43, of Lincoln was driving south in a beige 2005 Nissan Quest when it crossed over the double-yellow lines and crashed head-on into an oncoming silver 1995 Quest, the CHP said.
The driver of the silver minivan was pronounced dead at the scene. The Placer County Sheriff’s Office identified him as Gabriel Rodriguez, 53, from Live Oak.
Yushchuk was taken by helicopter to Sutter Roseville with serious injuries. He was cited at the hospital for driving under the influence.
After this initial impact, the silver Quest swerved toward the right and rotated around, resulting in a second head-on collision with a 2011 Chevrolet pick-up, driven by Michael Steagall, 49, of Loomis. Steagall wasn’t injured.
A portion of Sierra College Boulevard was shut down from Twelve Bridges to English Colony Way for about two hours.