A couple propelled off the side of the Yolo Causeway on Interstate 80, after a series of crashes early Monday morning, were coming home from a concert in the Bay Area.
David Miranda, 36, of Citrus Heights, died in the accident. His girlfriend, Lethesia Guzman, 27, suffered major injuries. The couple have a 2-year-old daughter, and Miranda, a sales manager for Sprint, was the father of two children from a prior marriage, a friend said.
The chain of crashes occurred in a 15-minute span starting just after 2:30 a.m.
Miranda was driving a 2015 Ford Fusion eastbound on the causeway – an elevated section of I-80 above the wetlands of the Yolo Bypass between Davis and Sacramento – when he was involved in a collision and the Fusion became disabled in the slow lane, according to the California Highway Patrol.
No one was hurt in the the initial crash. Miranda and Guzman got out of their vehicle and walked to the right shoulder, authorities said.
A big rig traveling in the slow lane then hit their stalled car and pushed it into the middle lane. The big rig pulled onto the right shoulder.
Next, a Toyota Prius driving in the middle lane hit the Fusion. That crash sent the Ford toward the center median and the Toyota toward the right shoulder.
Miranda and Guzman were standing on the shoulder when a vehicle struck them and propelled them over the side of the elevated portion of the causeway, according to the CHP. It was unclear if the Toyota or another vehicle hit them.
Miranda died at the scene and Guzman was taken to UC Davis Medical Center.
Matthew Hindy, a friend of Guzman’s family, said Miranda and Guzman were a couple and moved to the Sacramento area from the Bay Area about a year ago. He said they were returning from a concert in the Bay Area when the crash occurred.
Guzman suffered numerous broken bones and was in critical condition Tuesday evening, he said.
Abel Aguilar of Monterey said he became friends with Miranda while working for a Radio Shack store in the Bay Area about 10 years ago. Miranda, he said, was their Sprint representative.
“He was a great guy, very energetic,” Aguilar said. “He was my trainer and he mentored me.”
Hindy said Miranda had a strong work ethic and enjoyed people. He also described him as a father who was devoted to his family and his children.
Hindy said services for Miranda are pending.
A Gofundme page, https://www.gofundme.com/2rer82k, has been established to help defray the cost of funeral expenses and medical bills
CHP officials said the crashes are under investigation and ask witnesses call the Woodland office at 530-662-4685.