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Drunk Driving Suspected in Saturday Night's Double Fatality Crash on Hwy 12

Rohnert Park man, 30, rear-ended victims' car, arrested for suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI.

By Bay City News
 
Two women were killed by a suspected drunk driver in a rear-end crash on Highway 12 in Santa Rosa on Saturday, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

At about 5:20 p.m., the women were sitting in the back seat of a Toyota Camry heading east on state Highway 12 when the car slowed in traffic and was struck from behind by a pickup truck, CHP Officer Guillermo Garcia said.

The impact obliterated the back seat of the Camry and pushed the car forward into a third vehicle, Garcia said.

The two women were pronounced dead at the scene. Two men sitting in the front seats of the Camry suffered moderate and major injuries, and two people in the third vehicle involved were not injured, according to the CHP.

The driver of the truck -- who was later identified as Nicholas Lee Tognozzi, 30, of Rohnert Park -- was not injured.

Tognozzi was arrested for vehicular manslaughter and suspected drunk driving, Garcia said. He was booked at Sonoma County Jail.

The emergency response to the crash, which occurred just west of Farmers Lane, shut down the roadway for nearly three hours.

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Belle (Orchid Lady) March 17, 2014 at 06:15 PM
Here's the link if anyone's interested... http://m.ktvu.com/news/news/crime-law/driver-distracted-phone-time-fatal-santa-rosa-cras/nfFHW/
Belle (Orchid Lady) March 17, 2014 at 06:21 PM
I was so caught up in the idea of someone texting and possibly being under the influence of marijuana, I forgot to say how needlessly tragic this is. I send my sincere condolences to the families, friends and students who have been effected by this.
Dorie McKay April 15, 2014 at 02:09 PM
There's been so many crashes in our county lately, and so needless and senselessly so. What are people thinking?? Everyone knows to LEAVE THEIR CELL PHONES ALONE, behind the wheel. IT CAN WAIT. Another thing is the GPS in the smart phones, that one has to read the map for, instead of the GPS on the dashboard which 'speaks' and keeps one's eyes on the road and is safe and audible. I have a good Garmin one that is very sharp and prompts directions before a turn is needed so one is ready. This accident was such a tragedy and horrible.
The Voice of Reason April 15, 2014 at 04:04 PM
I agree. Although I want to add that my cell phone has a GPS that speaks. When I use it, I set it for where I want to go, set it down, and then start the car. No need to look at it or touch it while driving.

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