According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a juvenile was killed on Sunday afternoon after a driver sparked a fiery multi-vehicle crash while on his phone.
The crash happened when Omer Darz Gorsi, a 24-year-old Live Oak resident, was driving a Ford F-250 southbound on Highway 99 south of Clark Road, around 55 mph around 4:25 p.m.
CHP said that Gorsi was texting on his phone, didn’t see an Acura Integra in front of him and rear-ended it. A juvenile sitting in the passenger seat was ejected by the impact and pushed the Acura into the northbound lane.
The juvenile died from her injuries. Because of slower traffic, the Acura was going around 15 mph.
Gorsi is also believed to have gone southbound and hit another 15 mph vehicle in front of the Acura. The crash led Gorsi’s truck to roll over and eject him onto the highway’s eastern shoulder.
CHP said that the truck landed on its roof, blocking the northbound lane.
Meanwhile, two other cars were traveling northbound and could not avoid the wrecked Ford and Acura lying in the roadway, crashing into them.
At some point, both northbound and southbound lanes were blocked while crews worked to clear the wreckage.
According to CHP, the driver was rushed to the Enloe Medical Center and a third passenger in the Acura to the UC Davis Medical Center — with serious injuries. Gorsi and the other people involved in the crash are expected to survive.
Officers don’t believe the factors in the crash were due to alcohol or drugs.
No arrests were made.