Truckee I-80 crash kills child
August 7, 2006
An accident on Interstate 80 in Truckee killed a 10-year-old boy and left two injured Saturday when the vehicle’s driver lost control and rolled down an embankment, according to California Highway Patrol reports.
Yeriel DeJesus, 27 of San Francisco, was traveling at nearly 80 mph when he lost control of his Subaru Outback near the Agriculture Inspection Facility in Truckee, according to a CHP report. The car rotated left, crossed the center median, spun, flipped end over end twice and landed in a dirt area that divides eastbound and westbound traffic, the report said.
Passengers Tatem Davis, 30, of San Francisco and her 10-year-old son Taelori Boston of Reno were both sleeping in the car when the accident occurred, officers said.
Boston, who investigators said was not properly fastened in his seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
DeJesus and Davis were using seat belts but sustained moderate to major injuries and were transported by Care Flight helicopter to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.
Investigators do not know what caused the driver to lose control of his vehicle, said CHP spokesperson Steve Skeen, but DeJesus was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of marijuana.