Shadijah Utsey Fatal Solano County crash near I-80 and I-505 Freeways

 Shadijah Utsey Solano County crash near I-80 and I-505 FreewaysWoman Killed in 5-Vehicle Vacaville Crash

Nicholas Hanson, 33; Harold Sawyer Jr., 71; Injured

VACAVILLE, Calif. (August 18, 2021) — Shadijah Utsey, 20, died last Thursday in a multi-vehicle Vacaville crash on the Interstate 80 Freeway near the split with the Interstate 505 in Solano County.

The young woman reportedly crossed over all lanes in her Toyota Camry about 4:55 a.m. on Aug. 12th. She collided with the median and then a black 2019 Hyundai Ioniq driven by Harold Sawyer Jr., 71, of Albany, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Next, three vehicles also collided with the Toyota, a witness told the CHP. The vehicles were a Honda Civic driven by Angel Zavala-Alvarez , 42, of Antioch, a Volkswagen Golf driven by Nicholas Hanson, 33, of Rohnert Park. and a silver GMC Sierra driven by Humberto Hernandez, 34, of San Pablo, police said.

During the crash, Shadijah Utsey was thrown from a vehicle and wound up in the No. 4 lane. Sadly, she suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene of the crash. Meanwhile, paramedics transported both Sawyer and Hanson to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vacaville for minor injuries.

Tow trucks removed the vehicles including the Volkswagen with major front-end damage and the Honda with moderate front-end damage.

All of the eastbound lanes of the freeway became blocked by vehicles and debris from the fatal Vacaville crash on the Interstate 80.  Authorities closed down the Interstate 80 Freeway and diverted traffic off about 5:10 a.m.

Meanwhile, investigators continue to piece together what happened.

The freeway reopened to traffic by 7:15 a.m. the same day.


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