Woman, 18, killed in head-on crash was former Truckee resident
December 31, 2009
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The 18-year-old woman killed in a head-on crash on Interstate 80 near Auburn early Tuesday morning was identified Wednesday as Jessica Ann Faber, a former Truckee resident.
California Highway Patrol on Tuesday identified Faber as being from Truckee, but CHP and the Placer County Coroner’s Office Wednesday said she was from Huntington Beach, Calif.
However, the Sierra Sun received numerous phone calls and e-mails from the community indicating Faber and her family did indeed live in Truckee for a number of years.
and#8220;She was a real sweetheart, her and her sister were two real neat girls,and#8221; said the Rev. Wayne Hoag, a pastor at Sierra Bible Church, where the family attended. and#8220;Our thoughts and prayers are with them.and#8221;
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.
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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.
Faber’s family members could not be reached for comment for this story.
and#8212; Sun News Service Reporter Dave Moller contributed to this report.