Gonzalo Torres Dies in Fairfield Crash on Vanden Road
Fairfield, California (June 23, 2022) – Gonzalo Torres, 70, of Suisun City, has been identified as the person killed in a crash between two vehicles near Fairfield on Monday evening, according to the Solano County Coroner’s Office.
The collision occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on June 20, on Vanden Road near Leisure Town Road traffic circle.
Torres was reportedly driving a Toyota Camry southbound on Vanden Road when he went across the double yellow lines and collided head-on with an oncoming car carrier trailer in the area.
Fairfield police said Torres died at the scene of the collision.
The other motorist was uninjured and reportedly cooperated with the investigators.
Vanden Road was closed for at least one hour for the investigation.
The cause of the collision remained under investigation.
Crash Fatalities in California Went Up in 2021, Early Federal Estimates Show
Newly released estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that fatalities caused by traffic crashes on U.S. freeways reached a 16-year high in 2021. The crash deaths also increased in almost every state, including California, according to NHTSA.
According to the Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2021 report released by NHTSA, about 42,915 people were killed in traffic collisions in 2021 in the U.S. This shows a 10.5% increase from the 38,828 fatalities reported in 2020.
NHTSA says the projection is the highest number of traffic deaths since 2005 as well as the largest percentage rise in the history of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
In California, 4,258 people died in traffic collisions in 2021 – a 10.7 increase from 2020’s 3,847, as per the NHTSA report titled – “Crash Stats: Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2021.”
According to the traffic deaths estimates, in the two-state region that includes Arizona and California, crash fatalities in 2021 are projected to go up by 10% over the previous year.
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