54°
Mostly clear
THU
 85°
 54°
FRI
 92°
 54°
SAT
 87°
 53°
SUN
 83°
 52°
MON
 83°
 55°

Last hours to vote for the Best of Sonoma County finalists! Don't miss out!

CHP: Driver in fatal Highway 121 head-on crash suspected under the influence

A crash south of Sonoma that killed one person and injured three involved an impaired driver who lost control of his Jaguar after passing other drivers, the CHP said.

A 26-year-old passenger in the Jaguar died in the Tuesday evening crash. His name wasn’t released Wednesday by the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office pending notification of his family.

The driver, Damodar Chandradas, 25, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, said CHP Officer Anna Paulson. He was released for medical treatment due to major injuries.

Chandradas was driving a 1997 Jaguar south on Highway 121 toward Highway 37. Witnesses said the driver had been passing southbound traffic just before the crash. Chandradas was moving back into his lane but ended up on the shoulder, may have overcorrected and ended up in the northbound lane.

The Jaguar collided with a 1994 Toyota Corolla near Meadowlark Lane. Both cars spun out of control.

Corolla driver Gustavo Adolfo Mejia, 26, and his 5-year-old daughter, who had been in the back seat, suffered major injuries. The girl, a kindergartner at Cherry Valley school in Petaluma, was flown to Oakland Children’s Hospital. Mejia was taken to Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa.

Chandradas was flown to the Napa hospital.

© The Press Democrat |  Terms of Service |  Privacy Policy |  Jobs With Us |  RSS |  Advertising |  Sonoma Media Investments |  Place an Ad
Switch to our Mobile View