2 dead in head-on crash with stolen vehicle

One man was arrested after stealing a truck and crashing into a vehicle in Olivehurst on Wednesday.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 3:56 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2021 8:40 AM

OLIVEHURST, Calif. - Two people died in a head-on collision with a stolen truck on Wednesday in Olivehurst, according to California Highway Patrol.

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Office advised CHP of a pursuit of a stolen truck towing a trailer around 2:08 p.m. on Wednesday.

Deputies requested CHP to take over the pursuit and it was at slow speeds.

At about 2:16 p.m., deputies said the stolen Ford crashed after traveling the wrong way on Highway 65 near where it splits with Highway 70.

CHP said the truck was driving northbound on Highway 70 in the southbound lane and crashed head-on into a Dodge Durango.

The Dodge then rolled over and caused the driver, Deanna Hernandez, and the passenger, Cary Ojeda, to become trapped in the vehicle.

The two women, who were mother and daughter, suffered major injuries and were transported to the hospital. CHP said Hernandez and Ojeda were pronounced dead at the hospital.

The trailer the stolen truck was towing hit a Chevy Silverado during the crash. The driver of the Silverado was not injured.

The driver of the Ford took off on foot but was caught by deputies shortly after.

Chase Hammonds, 25, was arrested as the suspect driving the stolen vehicle.

Hammonds is facing several charges including auto theft, felony evading, crossing a divided highway, felony hit and run and two counts of murder.

Hammonds will also be booked on multiple violations of probation warrants for prior stolen vehicle cases, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said.

Hammonds is in custody at the hospital and will be booked into jail following his release from the hospital which is expected today.

“Deputies on scene performed life-saving measures on the two victims until medics arrived. I want to extend my sincere condolences to the family who is innocent victims in this tragedy,” Yuba County Undersheriff Nick Morawcznski said. “I can assure our community that our office will conduct a thorough investigation.”

The roads were closed from 2:22 p.m. to 8:35 p.m. as CHP investigated the crash.

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