A woman lost her life in a suspected DUI crash on I-5 on December 1. The incident occurred in Tehama County close to Gerber. Authorities identified the deceased victim as Buakhay Douangaphay.
According to the details shared by the California Highway Patrol, the accident took place late at night and was reported just after 11:45 p.m. It involved a collision between two vehicles. The vehicles were identified as a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder and a 2009 Subaru Forester.
Both vehicles were traveling northbound on Interstate 5 at the time. The Subaru was traveling in the front whereas the Nissan was traveling right behind it. As the two vehicles drew close to the Tehama Avenue, the Nissan rear-ended the Subaru at a fairly high speed. The sheer impact of the collision caused the Subaru’s driver to lose control. The car went off the roadway and turned over.
Three occupants were traveling in the Subaru at the time the incident happened. The driver was identified as Ea Douangaphay, 40, of Weed. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time and remained safe from any notable injuries.
A 5-year-old child identified as Ting Leutmixay was the front-seat passenger in the vehicle. He was also wearing a seatbelt but still sustained serious injuries. Once the first responders reached the scene of the crash, he was rushed to the St. Elizabeth Community Hospital.
Buakhay Douangaphay, 64, was the rear-seat passenger in the Subaru. She was ejected from the vehicle as it turned over. She was fatally injured and was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash.
The driver of the Nissan was identified as Mohammad Khesrawi, 52, of Lathrop. CHP suspects that Khesrawi was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he caused the crash. The incident remains under investigation by the CHP.
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