YOLO COUNTY, CA - Distracted driving and driving under the influencecontributed to a deadly head-on crash on County Road 102 earlier this month, says the California Highway Patrol.
The July 11 crash resulted in the deaths of pickup truckdriver Jeffrey Richard Rivas, 52, of Woodland; Sara Johnson, 35, of Davis; and Laura SueWeiderholt, 48, of Woodland. The two women were passengers in a United Cerebral Palsy transport bus.
The bus driver, Luz Torres, 35, of Sacramento, and another bus passengerremain hospitalized with severe injuries, said CHP Officer Bryan Konvalin.
Five others in the bus were treated for various injuries and released.
Rivas' Ford F-250 pick-up was in the southbound lane of County Road 102 when it drifted into the northbound lane, hitting the UCP bus, said Konvalin. Toxicology tests detected a lethal dose of methamphetamine in Rivas' system, said Konvalin.
CHP investigators also determined Rivas was texting just before the crash.