Passenger Killed, Auston Pinkston and Leonardo Marin Hurt after Car Crash on Highway 99 [Nicolaus, CA]
Passenger Dead, Auston Pinkston and Leonardo Marin Injured in Nicolaus Car Accident
NICOLAUS, CA (January 9, 2020) — A passenger in a car died after 19-year-old Leonardo Marin fell asleep while driving on Highway 99 on Sunday, January 5.
According to CHP Yuba-Sutter Division, the incident occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. at Nicolaus Bridge.
Officers said Marin drove a 2006 Honda northbound on Highway 99 at a speed of approximately 75 mph. CHP said Marin fell asleep at the wheel. Then the vehicle veered across the median and southbound lanes.
Officers said that the Honda then left the roadway and went onto the gravel. After that, Marin overcorrected and caused the vehicle to overturn several times.
The impact ejected Marin and his 22-year-old passenger from the Honda. It caused fatal injuries to the passenger.
Officers said that the passenger died at the scene. Paramedics brought Marin to the hospital with a broken clavicle and lacerations to his head and arms.
A third passenger in his vehicle, 24-year-old Auston Pinkston, was not ejected. He suffered some lacerations to his hands.
CHP said that officers do not suspect drugs or alcohol as a factor in the incident. They say there were no arrests made.
The deceased passenger’s name has not been released pending notification of loved ones.
Our deepest thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased victim.
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