FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) – Authorities announced Wednesday they have arrested and charged the driver who was involved in a fatal crash on I-80 last Friday that killed a CHP officer and a second victim.
The CHP identified the suspect as 36-year-old Shawn Walker from Rocklin. He faces two counts of felony vehicular manslaughter and one count of reckless driving causing fatal injuries.
The California Highway Patrol and the Solano County District Attorney’s Office gave additional details at a press conference Wednesday evening, saying that it appeared that Walker was distracted when the accident happened.
“We have evidence that he was distracted by his phone at the time of the collision” Capt. Mark Headrick
Walker was driving his Chevrolet pickup truck when he crashed into CHP Officer Kirk Griess’ motorcycle and a Saturn SUV on westbound Interstate Highway 80 in Fairfield.
Griess, 46, a 19-year CHP veteran, and the Saturn driver, Jaime Manuel, 49, of Vallejo, died in the crash, which occurred around 9 a.m. Friday on the right shoulder of Highway 80 near Manuel Campos Parkway after Griess had pulled over Manuel.
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