Fairfield man identified as driver killed in Hwy 121 mudslide
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 body was recovered on Wednesday morning.
SkyFox was over the scene when the wreckage was pulled from the mud around 11:00 a.m.
A tow truck pulled the crushed car about 100 feet up the embankment and on to Highway 121 with the driver's body still inside.
The landslide was reported at just after 5 p.m. near State Highway 121, also known as Monticello Road, and Wild Horse Valley Road. That caused the driver to careen down an embankment and strike a tree, according to the CHP.
Highway 121 was closed in both directions between Vichy Avenue and Wooden Valley Road and re-opened around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.