An alleged DUI driver has been arrested after running a pickup truck off the road on Tuesday, July 18th. The accident left one six-year-old boy dead and four others injured.
The Sacramento Bee reported that the accident happened at approximately 9:00 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near the County Road 22 exit ramp when a 2006 BMW rear-ended a 2004 Nissan pickup truck at a high rate of speed.
The pickup truck was pushed off the roadway, overturning as it went down a steep embankment and ending up on its roof in a nearby field. The pickup truck was carrying five people at the time of the crash.
The driver of the pickup truck was a 29-year-old man from Woodland who suffered moderate injuries, a 33-year-old woman, and three girls aged 6, 7, and 10 who were hospitalized at UC Davis. One child, a six-year-old boy, did not survive the crash.
The Yolo County coroner’s office has withheld the deceased child’s identity at this time.
California Highway Patrol (CHP Woodland spokesman Officer Rodney Fitzhugh said in a statement to the media that the driver of the BMW, Shane Carlyle, 34, of Sacramento, suffered minor injuries in the crash. The) arrested Carlyle on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Carlyle was under observation at an area hospital and was later booked into custody once released by doctors.
Carlyle is currently facing a charge of manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol and other related charges.