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Good Samaritan pulled girl from fatal Lakeville Highway crash

A Vallejo woman and her young daughter had been to a family graduation party in Sonoma County Saturday night and were headed home when another driver — apparently drinking a beer as he drove — crashed head-on into their car.

Betty Osotonu, 65, was killed when the front of her 1994 Toyota Camry crumpled about her.

Her 8-year-old daughter was found in the front seat - possibly thrown forward in the impact, Petaluma Lt. Tim Lyons said Monday.

The girl wasn't seriously injured. Screaming, she was taken out of the wreckage by a driver who stopped to help.

Bruce MacDonell said he guided the girl to the side of Lakeville Highway where he and another good Samaritan held her and bundled her in sweaters.

Petaluma traffic investigators suspect driver Jesse Cockrill, 25, of Petaluma probably was intoxicated and had been drinking as he drove, Lyons said.

They found an open 24-ounce can of beer in his smashed 2005 Lincoln.

Petaluma firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to cut Cockrill from his car.

Cockrill suffered numerous serious injuries but was expected to survive. He was in critical condition Monday at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

The girl was hospitalized with minor injuries but had been released by Monday, Lyons said.


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