CHP: Wrong-way driver under the influence of drugs, alcohol

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The driver in wrong-way fatal crash was under the influence of alcohol and pot, officials said. Toxicology test results revealed that Christopher Dann, 21, of Auburn, was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana at the time his Infiniti G20 hit a Hyundai Elantra head-on on eastbound Interstate 80, according to Officer David Martinez, California Highway Patrol spokesman. “He was found to be under the influence of alcohol and that was a contributing factor in the crash,” Martinez said. Dann reportedly entered the freeway from Auburn in the early morning hours of Dec. 29. Witnesses called 911 to report a vehicle driving down the wrong direction but the collision happened on the freeway at Newcastle shortly after at about 3:30 a.m. The Hyundai caught fire and its driver, Jessica Ann Faber, 18 of Huntington Beach and Dann were both pronounced dead at the scene. Gregory Wessels, 23, the sole passenger in the Hyundai, was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento for treatment for burns and major injuries. As of Thursday Wessels was no longer listed as a patient at the medical center. CHP officials reported soon after the crash that fog was not a factor in the accident. The amount of marijuana and alcohol in Dann’s system was unknown as of press time. ~ Jenifer Gee