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Coroner identifies Woodland, Davis women killed in separate crashes

Steven Hendrix
Steven Hendrix

The Yolo County Coroner’s Office has identified two women killed Wednesday in separate motor vehicle crashes.

Cynthia Ann Jonasen, 71, of Davis was killed in a two-vehicle collision late Wednesday afternoon in Davis.

The collision was reported at 5:16 p.m. at Second Street and Cantrill Drive, just north of Interstate 80. A van was westbound at a high rate of speed on Second Street when it broadsided a sedan driven by Jonasen making a left turn from Cantrill onto eastbound Second Street, according to Davis police.

The van, driven by Steven Hendrix, 32, of Davis, was also carrying children. Hendrix was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, causing death, vehicular manslaughter and child endangerment, police said.

Police said investigators believe that Hendrix passed a gray sedan just before colliding with Jonasen’s car. They do not know the make or model of the sedan, but believe the driver or passengers in that vehicle may have witnessed the collision. Investigators hope they will come forward with any information. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call the Davis Police Department at 530-747-5400.

In the other fatal crash on Wednesday, Jennifer Marie Smith, 34, of Woodland was traveling with her three young children when the vehicle she was driving drifted off the road and overturned.

The single-vehicle crash occurred about 2:40 p.m., when Smith’s Ford Explorer was northbound on County Road 95, south of County Road 25, in a rural area southwest of Woodland.

Smith suffered fatal injuries. The California Highway Patrol said Smith’s three young children, including an infant, did not appear to have any serious injuries but were taken to an area hospital as a precaution.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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