The small community of Arbuckle mourns the loss of three residents after they were killed in a wrong-way collision on Interstate 505, just north of Highway 16.
According to the California Highway Patrol, at approximately 10:22 PM on Saturday, May 2, 2015, 36-year-old Francisco Garcia Salazar of Antioch, was traveling the wrong-way on the northbound lane of Interstate 505 in a Honda Accord.
CHP Officer, Joell Merrill observed Garcia traveling at a high rate of speed in his direction and began a pursuit. Officer Merrill notified dispatch of the wrong-way vehicle and began his attempt to overtake the wrong-way driver.
Traveling at an excess of 85 mph, Garcia continued past two vehicles and subsequently collided with head-on with a Toyota Camry.
The driver of the Toyota Camry, 38-year-old Sofia Ramirez of Arbuckle, sustained fatal injuries. Ramirez’s two daughters, Alyssa Santiago 17, and Brenda Santiago 15, also sustained fatal injuries. Ramirez’s husband 34-year-old Joaquin Sanchez sustained minor to moderate injuries and transported to Keiser Hospital in Vacaville.
Garcia sustained fatal injuries.
The CHP is currently investigating the incident as alcohol may have been a factor.
Friends and Arbuckle community members have stepped up to help the Ramirez/Santiago family with funeral expenses.
A GoFundMe page (http://www.gofundme.com/tnb5wag) has been setup for the family, in addition to a Memorial Account setup at Umpqua Bank in Arbuckle.<