Woman Killed in Sonora DUI Crash on Phoenix Lake Road near Bear Cub Drive Identified


Melissa  Patania Killed in Sonora Collision on Phoenix Lake Road near Bear Cub Drive

Woman Killed in Sonora DUI Crash on Phoenix Lake Road near Bear Cub Drive Identified

Sonora, California – Melissa Katherine Marie Patania,33, of Sonora is the woman who was killed in a suspected DUI Sonora crash Monday night. on Phoenix Lake Road near Bear Cub Drive, the California Highway Patrol said.

At around 6:15 p.m. October 26, CHP said Augustus Matthew Marinovich, 19, lost control of his pickup truck on Phoenix Lake Road and crashed head-on into a 1996 Suzuki SUV.

Patania was driving the Suzuki was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her four juvenile passengers, three boys ages 6, 7, 9, and a 13-year-old girl were airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center.

Marinovich was also flown to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto with major injuries.

CHP said Marinovich is expected to face DUI charges.

The incident is under investigation.

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