A fatal crash Tuesday evening south of Sonoma involved an impaired driver who lost control of his Jaguar after he was passing other drivers, the CHP said.
A 26-year-old passenger with driver Damodar Chandradas, 25, died in the crash. His name wasn’t released by the CHP.
Chandradas was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and was arrested, said CHP Officer Anna Paulson. Due to his major injuries he was released for medical treatment.
He’d been headed south on Highway 121 toward Highway 37 at about 7 p.m. when the crash happened. Chandradas was driving a 1997 four-door Jaguar.
Witnesses told CHP officers that just before the crash the driver had been passing southbound traffic by moving into the northbound lane and veering back into his lane.
Near Meadowlark Lane, while heading back into his lane, the Jaguar moved too far over and veered onto the shoulder.
The driver then swung back across his lane and continued into the opposite lane, in front of an oncoming 1994 Toyota Corolla.
The two collided, sending the vehicles spinning out of control.
The front of the Corolla, driven by a Greenbrae man with a 5-year-old girl in the back seat, hit the sports car on the passenger side.
The passenger died in the collision.
Chandradas was flown by medical helicopter to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa.
Corolla driver Gustavo Adolfo Mejia, 26, and the little girl, who wasn’t identified, suffered major injuries.
She was flown by another medical helicopter to Oakland Children’s Hospital. Mejia went by ambulance to the Napa hospital.
Traffic was filtered around the crash for about two hours to allow for the investigation.
Because the crash occurred after the evening commute traffic delays were minimal, said Paulson.