CHP arrests driver who fled fatal crash

August 4, 2010 10:23:02 AM PDT
The California Highway Patrol this morning announced the arrest of a driver who allegedly fled the scene of a fatal crash in Sonoma County west of Santa Rosa.

Laureano Tarazas, 19, of Santa Rosa, was arrested at his home on Kingwood Avenue at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday following an investigation by the CHP and the Santa Rosa and Petaluma police departments.

Tarazas was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run, driving without a license and infliction of great bodily injury.

One man was killed and three other people were injured when the Chevrolet Astro driven by Tarazas crashed on Guerneville Road, east of Laguna Road, at about 5:10 a.m. Tuesday, CHP Officer Jonathan Sloat said.

Two Santa Rosa men -- 34-year-old Domingo Layata-Mendez and 26-year-old Nahum Avendano, 26 -- were hurt, as was a 17-year-old Piner High school student, Ignacio Hernandez-Rubio, of Santa Rosa, Sloat said.

All three are expected to survive, Sloat said.

The occupants of the van, who worked for Mid-Valley Labor Services of Madera, were on their way to work at a farm near Occidental, Sloat said.

The CHP has not yet released the name of the passenger who was killed.


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