Monday, December 8, 2008

Driver Ejected Then Struck By Another Vehicle

On December 7, 2008 at approximately 8:15 p.m., Cody Faught, a 19 year old from Sacramento was driving a 1999 Cadillac STS at an unknown speed on westbound Del Paso Road approaching Sorento Road. Faught lost control of his vehicle causing it to spin clockwise, traveling into the eastbound traffic lanes of Del Paso Road. A white 2007 Toyota Corolla, driven by Theresa Castellanos, a 21 year old from Sacramento, was traveling in the #1 lane of Del Paso Road approaching Sorento Road. The Toyota struck the left rear of the Cadillac. The impact caused the Cadillac to over turn and then strike a utility pole. The driver, who did not appear to be wearing his seatbelt, was ejected into the #1 lane of eastbound Del Paso Road.

After the initial collision, a bystander stopped to render aid to Faught and as he was doing so, he observed a vehicle approaching eastbound towards him and the victim. The bystander attempted to slow the approaching vehicle but was unsuccessful. The vehicle, a blue 1995 Lexus SC400, driven by Carl Jefferson, a 23 year old from Sacramento, struck Faught and continued eastbound. Jefferson initially left the scene of the accident but returned approximately an hour later while investigators were still on scene. Faught was transported to UCD Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

The Toyota Corolla came to rest facing in a northerly direction on the south side of Del Paso Road. Castellanos was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Center and is listed in stable condition. The right front passenger, Mario Cortez was transported to UCD with moderate injuries. A six year old boy sitting in the rear of the vehicle was also transported to UCD with minor injuries.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol and/or drugs is a contributing factor in the first collision, pending a toxicology report. Both of these collisions are still under investigation and charges have not been determined.

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