The California Highway Patrol released the names of the young man killed and injured friends in a rollover wreck Friday night in Woodland in which investigators believe alcohol played a role.
Robert Dale Sunderland, III, 21, of Woodland died from major injuries when he was ejected from a 2001 Mitsubishi driven by Ryan Scott Baird, 22, of Sacramento, said CHP Officer Bryan Konvalin. At about 9 p.m., when Baird exited southbound Interstate 5 to County Road 102 he apparently lost control of his car and it overturned several times. His three passengers, who were not wearing seatbelts, were thrown from the car.
Passenger Oscar Saeed Rodriguez Lupercio, 22, from Woodland sustained a broken arm and pain. He was still hospitalized as Monday. James Dakota Lee Black, who turned 21 that day and is also from Woodland, suffered a broken leg, pain, and possible brain bleeding. He also was still hospitalized.
Baird was trapped in his car, requiring extrication. Konvalin said officers reported Baird appeared intoxicated and evaluated him for driving under the influence. They also noted alcohol containers in the car wreckage.
After Baird was treated at UC Davis Medical Center for what Konvalin said were moderate injuries, he was released into custody. Baird was arrested and booked into Yolo County Jail on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence, causing injury.
Konvalin noted Black and Rodriguez Lupercio had their California driver’s licenses suspended for alcohol-related incidents and Sunderland, whose driver’s license was valid, had a conviction for DUI and reckless driving.