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2 Local Teenagers Killed, 1 Seriously Injured in Sutter County Traffic Accident

A Sutter County traffic accident claims the lives of two local teenagers, sends one to the hospital with major injuries

Two local teenagers lost their lives Saturday evening during a traffic accident along Highway 99, at Nicolaus Avenue, in Sutter County.

Killed were 19-year-old Delfino Gaona and Alejandro 'Alex' Silva, 17, both of Dixon. The Chico California Highway Patrol said that the teens were riding in a 1995 Saturn sedan driven by Justin Andrews, 18, of Dixon, south on Highway 99.

The trio was following friends in a car ahead, when the car they were following made a left turn onto Nicolaus Avenue, according to the CHP. Andrews also made a left turn onto east Nicolaus Avenue, but did so in path of a 2005 GMC Yukon, traveling north on Highway 99 the CHP said.

The Yukon – driven by Amber Klugh, 28, with passengers Jeremy Klugh, 29, and their two infant children, all of Yuba City – hit the right side of the Saturn broadside causing fatal injuries to Gaona and Silva. The CHP said that Gaona was killed instantly.

Emergency response crews went to the scene of the accident at 11:18 p.m., and two air ambulances transported Silva and Andrews to Sutter Roseville Hospital. The CHP said Silva succumbed to his injuries at the hospital; Andrews sustained major injuries including a punctured lung and lacerated liver.

The Klugh family was reportedly not injured and declined medical attention at the scene. Investigators closed down a stretch of Highway 99 for two-and-a-half hours while they attempted to piece together the cause of the wreck, allow for emergency crews to extricate and transport the teens to the hospital, and removed the vehicles from the roadway.

The CHP said it does not know if drugs or alcohol were factors in the wreck as the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact the CHP Yuba-Sutter office at (530) 674-5141.

Editor's Note:  An earlier version of this article stated Alex Silva was from Vacaville. He is from Dixon. Also, a CHP report indicated that Silva's first name was Alexander. It is Alejandro (the Spanish version of the name Alexander).

gloria resendiz May 09, 2011 at 06:14 PM
From la familia Resendiz my prayers are with these young men. May god have them next to him and help the family cope with the loss of a child. God bless.
Carlos Villatoro May 09, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Dixon Patch is interested in speaking to friends of Delfino for a follow-up to this tragic story. We would like to interview anyone who knew Delfino and who would be willing to tell us a little bit about his life. I can be reached at (707) 718-8160 or e-mail at carlos.villatoro@patch.com
Carlos Villatoro May 09, 2011 at 09:56 PM
I would also like to speak to any of Alex's friends if they are open to it. Again, I can be contacted at (707) 718-8160
vianey May 10, 2011 at 07:57 PM
mis condolencias ala familia silva we r going to miss u alex u were like a brother to us I hope ur mom and brother sammy puedan encontrar la paz y la fortalesa q necesitan estamos con usteded sammy u know we love u like a brother y ya saves q estamos con tigo FAMILIA RINCON
Rodney Daniels May 10, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Man im gonna miss the hell out of Delfino. i remember back in the day when i had a Afro i would spend the whole morning fixing it up getting it all perfect then when i would get to school the first person i always would see was Delfino and the first thing he would do was touch my hair and completely mess it all up haha but it was cool cuz that was my boy. i never had a bad time with him and for sure he will be missed. R.I.P. Delfino

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