A 21-year-old Sonoma State University student died Sunday night on Lakeville Highway when she was hit head‑on by a suspected drunken driver who crossed double yellow lines to pass vehicles, according to the CHP.
A second suspected drunken driver later crashed into the investigation scene, hitting a parked CHP patrol car, and also was arrested, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said Monday.
Following the first collision, CHP officers arrested Logologoa Taumaloto Tevaseu, 35, of Santa Rosa, on suspicion of homicide, saying he was intoxicated when he hit and killed the woman and that he had a prior drunken driving conviction, Sloat said.
The victim was Paulette Geronimo Quiba. Quiba was from Oakley but was attending Sonoma State University, studying business and living in Rohnert Park, according to officials and her Facebook page.
The 9:10 p.m. collision happened on the rural highway near Cougar Mountain Drive, just north of Highway 37.
The suspect was in a 2006 Dodge Ram headed south on Lakeville Highway and was passing vehicles across double yellow lines, Sloat said. While passing other southbound cars, he struck Quiba’s northbound 2015 Toyota Corolla.
Three vehicles heading toward the crash then collided with the Toyota or each other. Officers Monday were sorting out that end of the collision. Three people were taken to Memorial and Petaluma Valley hospitals with minor and moderate injuries.
CHP officers arrived first and several other agencies responded, including firefighters from Lakeville, Petaluma, Cal Fire and Schell‑Vista, as well as air and ground ambulances, Sloat said.
Tevaseu refused to take a blood test, which was obtained after officers got a search warrant, Sloat said.
The second crash happened as officers investigated the fatality. Officers had closed Lakeville Highway at Highway 37 and to the north at Old Lakeville Road No. 3. Officers at the north end set up two patrol cars on the roadway with lights flashing and four “road closed” signs on barricades, Sloat said.
Officers were in the roadway, turning around vehicles arriving at the crash scene. When officers realized an approaching car wasn’t slowing they ran to avoid being hit, he said. The driver struck barriers and a parked CHP SUV.
Ashley Leah Barnachea, 29, of Santa Rosa was taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital and arrested, suspected of drunken driving.
Both drivers Monday morning remained in the Sonoma County Jail. Tevaseu was being held without bail on one count of suspected homicide and two of drunken driving. Barnachea’s bail was $10,000 for suspected misdemeanor drunken driving.
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