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Driver released from hospital, jailed in fatal wrong-way collision

Aaron Jordon Caudillo
Aaron Jordon Caudillo

A man believed to be the wrong-way driver in a Jan. 10 collision on Interstate 80 that killed three young adults from Placer County is in Sacramento County Jail.

Aaron Jordon Caudillo, 24, was released from Mercy San Juan Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries suffered in the collision, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. He was booked Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence, being over the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08 percent and three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while driving intoxicated.

The collision occurred at 2:10 a.m. as Caudillo, a Roseville resident, was driving a 2006 Chrysler 300 westbound in the fast lane of eastbound I-80, west of Madison Avenue. Matthew Azar, 19, was driving a 1994 Buick Regal eastbound in the fast lane, with passengers Kendra Langham, 18, and Mathew Beardwitt, 18. The vehicles collided head on and all three people in the Buick died upon impact, according to the CHP.

Azar, Langham and Beardwitt were all graduates of Granite Bay High School.

Caudillo is being held in lieu of $820,000 bail. His first court date is Monday.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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