Two people are dead after a vehicle collided with a tree Thursday morning off westbound Highway 80 northeast of Colfax, and the crash is being investigated as a possible kidnapping and homicide, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office interviewed witnesses at the site of the crash and in the Alta area, where initial reports indicated the passenger of the vehicle was forced into the truck, said Lt. Andrew Scott.
“There are indications that (the crash) may have been intentional,” Scott said.
Both victims have been identified by the Sheriff’s Office: Dayton Holden, 20, of Newcastle was the driver of the truck involved in the crash and Devyn Graham, 23, of Dutch Flat was the passenger.
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Around 9 a.m., the California Highway Patrol received a report of a collision on Highway 80 near the Gold Run exit. Officers determined the incident involved a single vehicle striking a tree, according to the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page.
Both Holden and Graham were found unresponsive and were ultimately pronounced dead, said Placer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin.
The Sheriff’s Office has not determined whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision, Erwin said.