The Napa County Sheriff’s Office has identified the driver who died when a mudslide swept his vehicle down an embankment and into a tree off state Highway 121 Tuesday evening as Hernan Reyes-Aguires, 22, of Fairfield.
Reyes-Aguires was on his way home from visiting family in Napa when a boulder weighing several tons struck the driver’s side of his vehicle and knocked it around 100 feet down an embankment, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Blower said.
The slide occurred on Monticello Road/state Highway 121 between Wild Horse Valley Road and Wooden Valley Road, Blower said.
Reyes-Aguires was pronounced dead at the scene and he remained in the vehicle overnight because the slide area was too unstable to free him or raise the vehicle up the embankment, Blower said.
A tow truck responded around mid-morning today, and the road was closed until around 1 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.