The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office on Sunday identified a third victim in a car crash on Highway 12 in southern Sacramento County that left five people dead.
The collision happened about 5:35 p.m. Saturday as a Honda Civic headed east on Highway 12, about two miles from Highway 160 near Rio Vista. The driver of the Civic attempted to pass another vehicle, lost control and was broadsided by an oncoming pickup truck, said California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Bradley.
Two women, a teenager and two young children were in the Civic, according to authorities. All five died in the crash.
On Sunday, the coroner’s office identified three of the dead: Annalicia Mona Montoya, 21, Aaliyah Buenrostro, 17, and 3-year-old Adelaynna G. Ortiz. All three lived in Modesto.
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Civic passing other vehicles
Bradley said the names of other victims will be released after their families are notified; it remains unclear how the five were related.
At the time of the crash, the Civic’s driver had passed one vehicle and was attempting to pass another when she apparently realized she didn’t have enough room and tried to merge back into the eastbound lane, Bradley said.
The driver swerved, overcorrected and spun into the westbound lane, he said. An oncoming Chevrolet Silverado pickup slammed into the car. Four people in the Honda died in the car, and another child died at a hospital.
The passengers of the Silverado, a couple driving with two older children, were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.