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1 Dead, 3 Injured In Suspected DUI Crash Near Sonoma Raceway

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Authorities on the scene of a fatal suspected DUI crash on Highway 121 in Sonoma County on October 29, 2013. (CBS)

Authorities on the scene of a fatal suspected DUI crash on Highway 121 in Sonoma County on October 29, 2013. (CBS)

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SONOMA COUNTY (CBS SF) — A Jaguar driven by a suspected drunken driver veered into a Toyota on state Highway 121 in Sonoma County Tuesday evening, killing the passenger in the Jaguar and injuring the other three occupants of the two cars—including a 5-year-old girl, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported shortly after 7 p.m. on the highway near Meadowlark Lane, just north of the Sonoma Raceway and the Viansa Winery, the CHP said.

The 1997 Jaguar was driving south on the highway as the Toyota Corolla, driven by a 26-year-old Greenbrae man with a 5-year-old girl in the back seat, was driving north.

The Jaguar was passing other cars as it approached the Toyota and then lost control and veered into the path of the Toyota, the CHP said.

The Toyota hit the right front side of the Jaguar, killing that car’s passenger, a 26-year-old man.

The 5-year-old girl who was riding in the Toyota was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Oakland with major injuries. The Toyota’s driver was taken by ground to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa also with major injuries, the CHP said.

The Jaguar’s driver, identified as 25-year-old Damodar Chandradas, was airlifted by a CHP helicopter to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with major injuries. Chandradas is suspected of driving under the influence during the crash, the CHP said.

CHP officials could not say whether any of the three transported to the hospital were expected to survive their injuries.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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