A driver killed in a car crash in west Santa Rosa over the weekend was identified Monday as a Piner High graduate and local hot rod car enthusiast.
Scott Dufford, 47, of Santa Rosa, appeared to have suffered a medical emergency and lost control of his 1957 Ford Fairlane on Stony Point Road, his family said.
Dufford worked as a pipe fitter with Trane, an air conditioning systems manufacturer based in Davidson, N.C., and was engaged to Jill Steiner, 46, who was also in the car when it crashed.
Witnesses told police the southbound car veered off the roadway near West Ninth Street and rode partially up onto the center median strip. The Fairlane traveled on the median for several hundred feet and then back into the southbound lanes, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Rich Celli said.
The car then went off the roadway and hit a large tree near Santa Rosa Creek. Dufford died shortly after the 4:30 p.m. crash, officials said.
Steiner suffered a concussion as well as cuts and bruises, Celli said.
The couple became engaged in the fall and lived together in Santa Rosa with Steiner's 16-year-old daughter, said Dufford's father, Ken Dufford of Santa Rosa.
"They were so much looking forward to getting married," his father said.
Dufford has two sons, Jacob, 20, and Steven, who is about 26.
Dufford grew up watching his father race cars in Ukiah and Lakeport. Dufford and his brother, Mike Dufford of Santa Rosa, took after their father's hobby and tinkered on old cars together.