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Police: pot and phone use factors in fatal crash

- Associated Press - Monday, March 17, 2014

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Police say marijuana and cellphone use may have caused a double fatal crash in Sonoma County.

The California Highway Patrol tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat (http://bit.ly/1idlhyS ) that the suspect, 30-year-old Nicholas Tognozzi, told officers he was reading a text message just prior to the crash.

Killed were 74-year-old Sharon Hufford and 53-year old Sue Hufford, who were in the back seat of a car stopped at a red light when the speeding pickup hit them.

Sharon's 74-year-old husband Donald Hufford was seriously injured, and 54-year-old Jay Hufford, the couple's son, was driving.

The CHP says Tognozzi was determined to be under the influence of pot.

He was arrested on suspicion of two felonies: gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing death.

Tognozzi was freed after posting bail.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com

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