A 20-year-old Tucson, Ariz. woman was killed in a solo-vehicle crash on Hwy 128 early Friday morning. A 32-year-old man from San Francisco was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and gross manslaughter.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Ryan J. Wallis, driver of the 2008 GMC 2500 pickup truck was reportedly driving at a speed of about 60 miles per hour east on Highway 128 around 3 am October 12. CHP confirmed that Wallis lost control of the truck “due to his level of intoxication”. The truck spun in a counter-clockwise direction across the highway’s westbound lane, then left the northern edge of the road and hit a tree on the passenger side.
The woman, who was in the front passenger seat died as a result of the crash. She was wearing a seat belt.
There were two more passengers in the truck, Logan P. Stanley, 31, and Jamie L. Mcavoy, 30, both of Tahoe City who suffered minor injuries. Wallis, Stanley and Mcavoy were treated at the hospital for their injuries. The passengers had complaints of pain whereas Wallis had cuts on his face. According to the CHP, everyone in the truck wore a seatbelt.
Wallis was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and was booked at the Mendocino County Jail on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to the CHP.
The identity of the woman who died in the crash has not yet been released.