Woman killed in Skyway DUI crash ID'd

Jan 13, 2015 11:50 AM by News Staff

The woman who was killed Monday in a crash on the Skyway allegedly caused by a drunken driver has been identified as 51-year-old Jonna Therese Smith of Chico.

Smith was riding in the front passenger seat of a 1998 Dodge Neon a little before 2:25 p.m. Monday when the driver 64-year-old Richard Wilson of Chico crashed head-on into a Toyota Prius driven by 58-year-old Steve Julian Valencia of Paradise.

Smith died at the scene while Wilson and Valencia were transported to Enloe Medical Center with major injuries.

California Highway Patrol investigators say there was a lot of alcohol and a strong odor of alcohol inside the car. Wilson was arrested for felony DUI and manslaughter.


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