A suspected drunken driver remained hospitalized Monday after a crash that killed one man and injured a woman, reported the CHP.
Officers arrested Donald Arrodondo, 24, of Healdsburg on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving following the wreck early Sunday.
James Ortega, 23, of Healdsburg died in the crash.
It was the first fatal crash for the Sonoma County CHP office in 2010, said Sgt. Allan Capurro.
Ortega had been riding up front with Arrodondo in a 2006 Mazda. Chrystina Swan, 24, of Rio Nido, was in the back seat.
They were driving in the west county, north of Highway 116 near Graton. At about 2:10 a.m. Arrodondo lost control on a Frei Road curve and smashed into a tree and a fence.
Arriving firefighters found the severely crushed car jammed into the tree. The driver and remaining passenger were pinned between the car's collapsed roof and the tree, said Bill Bullard, deputy chief for Graton fire.
Swan was able to crawl out of the wreckage, but extensive work had to be done to free the two men, Bullard said.
Graton and Forestville firefighters used a winch and air bags to stabilize the car and create space to remove the trapped men.
Arrodondo was freed, treated by a Sonoma Life Support ambulance crew and rushed to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with major injuries.
Ortega, however, apparently had died in the crash. His body was cut free from the wreckage by firefighters.
Swan also was taken to Memorial, where she reportedly had minor injuries.
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