Juveniles in a stolen car lost control and slammed into a house, rupturing a gas line that exploded, destroying one house and substantially damaging the house next door.
Also: Discussion on those ad hoc roadside memorials marking traffic fatalities in Mr Roadshow’s column in the Mercury News.
The California Highway Patrol reported 19 traffic fatalities occurred over the 2012 / 2013 New Year weekend.
The lone cyclist fatality, Jonathan Coontz of Orange County, was killed in a bike-vs-bike collision on the Santa Ana River Trail just after the CHP’s reporting period began last Friday evening. The other cyclist was hospitalized.
The final fatalities in CHP jurisdiction of the reporting period were discovered at 9 PM on New Year’s Eve. Two vehicles collided head on on Highway 12 near Rio Vista, CA, which is located about midway between Fairfield and Lodi. Three Fairfield residents, ages 23, 28 and 31 were in a silver 2002 Hyundai Elantra. A 42 year old Tracy man was in a 2012 Toyota Camry. All occupants of both cars were killed in this horrific crash, which had no surviving witnesses.
The CHP reporting period ended at 6 AM on New Year’s Day. File this under “carnage“