Paddleboarder Dana Thompson competes in the solo race portion of the second annual Paddle 4 DART fundraiser in June. The event benefited the volunteer divers who patrol the American and Sacramento rivers in the summer.
Paddleboarder Dana Thompson competes in the solo race portion of the second annual Paddle 4 DART fundraiser in June. The event benefited the volunteer divers who patrol the American and Sacramento rivers in the summer. Andrew Seng aseng@sacbee.com
Paddleboarder Dana Thompson competes in the solo race portion of the second annual Paddle 4 DART fundraiser in June. The event benefited the volunteer divers who patrol the American and Sacramento rivers in the summer. Andrew Seng aseng@sacbee.com
Erika D. Smith

Erika D. Smith

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2016 proves river drownings are entirely preventable

September 09, 2016 02:00 PM

UPDATED September 09, 2016 04:10 PM

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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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