Four people were killed in a New Year’s Eve collision on Highway 12, but it is not clear exactly what happened, according to Sgt. Kyle Plant of the California Highway Patrol.
Just after 9 p.m., officers were called to the accident site east of the San Joaquin-Sacramento county line. Officers found a Hyundai overturned in a ditch. A Toyota rested a short distance away, straddling the east- and westbound lanes. Both cars suffered severe front end damage, indicating a head-on collision.
Both drivers and the two passengers in the Hyundai were pronounced dead at the scene.
Siara Biddle, 23, was driving the Hyundai, with Tierra Anderson, 28, and Raphael Hill, 31, as passengers. All were from Fairfield. A Tracy man, Razek Azizi, 42, was driving the Toyota.
Because all four people involved were killed, and there were no witnesses, Plant said officers have very little information.
“This is a huge tragedy with a lot of missing pieces,” he said.
Police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the collision. The highway was closed for more than three hours due to the accident.