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I-5 crash claims Delhi teen

Family headed home after Washington trip

POSTED October 24, 2013 5:09 p.m.

A family’s decision to drive through the night resulted in a collision on Interstate 5 in Sacramento that resulted in the death of a 13-year-old Delhi boy.

The family was driving back to the Turlock area from Washington. The accident occurred shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday on I-5 in South Sacramento.

There were three people in the Toyota Corolla — the 13-year-old boy, his father Galvan Audel, 39, of Delhi and the boy’s cousin, Sergio Gomez Sandoval, 18, of Turlock, the California Highway patrol reported.

The boy’s name has not been released at this time.

Along the trek home Sandoval took over driving around midnight in Yreka. As he drove southbound on the interstate, he reportedly fell asleep, allowing the vehicle to drift off the interstate, and down an embankment. The vehicle rolled several times before coming to a rest on its wheels.

The 13-year-old boy was sleeping in the back seat of the Toyota Corolla and was wearing only a lap belt. He was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, according to the CHP.

Audel and Sandoval both sustained minor abrasions.

Alcohol and drugs were not considered a factor in the collision. The collision remains under investigation.

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