CHP: Woman killed in I-80 accident not from Truckee |

CHP: Woman killed in I-80 accident not from Truckee

Greyson Howard and Dave Moller
Sierra Sun

NEWCASTLE, Calif. and#8212; The woman killed on Interstate 80 near Auburn early Tuesday morning has been identified, and was from Huntington Beach, not Truckee, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Placer County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday morning identified the 18-year-old woman killed in a head-on collision at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday as Jessica Ann Faber. CHP Officer Dave Montijo said the highway patrol initially though Faber was from Truckee because her family owns a second home here.

The crash occurred just east of Newcastle Road, when Christopher Dann, 21, of Auburn, drove westbound on to the eastbound lanes, according to the CHP.

Visibility was down to a little more than 300 feet at the time due to the fog, according to the CHP accident report.

An initial call came in advising CHP that Dann’s 1999 Infiniti was traveling the wrong way through Auburn on I-80. Moments later, a report came in that his vehicle had collided head-on with Faber’s 2000 Hyundai, killing both drivers.

Faber’s passenger, Gregory J. Wessels, 23, of Fountain Valley, was initially taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with major injuries and burns; he was later transferred to the UC Davis Medical Center’s burn unit in Sacramento, Montijo said.

A coroner’s exam and toxicology report are pending to see if alcohol or drugs were involved, the CHP said. All three people involved were wearing their seat belts, according to the report.

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