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Update: Passenger killed in pickup crash in El Dorado County identified

A passenger who died in a Sunday night vehicle crash has been identified by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office as 33-year-old Rachelle Piparo of Georgetown.

Piparo was riding in the front seat of a pickup and was killed when driver Joseph Piparo, 33, rolled the vehicle and flatbed trailer it was towing east of Georgetown.

Joseph Piparo, of Georgetown, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and booked into El Dorado County Jail.

The California Highway Patrol said Joseph Piparo was westbound on Wentworth Springs Road east of Quinette Court at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday. A Highway Patrol news release states that he was intoxicated and speeding when he lost control while negotiating a curve.

Rachelle Piparo died when the pickup rolled. Two children in the rear seat, ages 3 years and 14 months, were not hurt.

Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor the Highway Patrol specified the relationship between the Piparos.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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