The driver of a car that triggered a fiery fatal head-on crash just north of Ukiah on April 7 has been identified as Mitchell Nguyen, 21, of Ukiah.
The identification of his badly burned body was made using dental records, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Van Patten said.
Former Sonoma County resident Peter Cole, 53, also died as a result of the crash. He was removed from life support at Stanford University Medical Center on April 11, according to his family.
Nguyen was the sole occupant of a Toyota Camry when it crossed into oncoming traffic on North State Street, striking the Ford Explorer in which Cole was a passenger, according to the CHP.
The Camry went on to strike a fence, power pole and a parked Jeep at Thurston Auto Plaza, engulfing both vehicles in flames.
The driver of the Ford Explorer, Joshua Depree, 26, of Cottonwood in Shasta County, suffered moderate injuries. Passenger Aleshia Dedrick, 33, of Redwood Valley suffered major injuries while Shane Roork, 32, of Ukiah had moderate injuries, the CHP said.