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3 Injured In Head-On Collision During North Bay Sideshow: Police

Patch logo Patch 3/8/2021 Maggie Fusek
Christopher Placencia, 23, of Pittsburg, is accused of participating in a large sideshow Saturday night in Solano County and is likely to face numerous charges in connection with a head-on collision with injuries on Vanden Road, Fairfield police said. © Fairfield Police Department Christopher Placencia, 23, of Pittsburg, is accused of participating in a large sideshow Saturday night in Solano County and is likely to face numerous charges in connection with a head-on collision with injuries on Vanden Road, Fairfield police said.

SOLANO COUNTY, CA — A 23-year-old East Bay man is accused of causing a head-on collision that injured three people, including himself, Saturday night in Solano County.

Fairfield police and neighboring agencies were working to prevent a large group from participating in sideshows in Solano County by encouraging crowds of cars to move out of parking lots and back onto the freeway.

To deter the group from entering the city of Fairfield, this included actively patrolling areas where sideshows normally take place.

The group then staged in Vacaville before driving out to county jurisdiction southeast of Vacaville, then back toward Fairfield on Vanden Road, police said.

Around 10:20 p.m., 23-year-old Pittsburg resident Christian Placencia did an unsafe passing maneuver on Vanden Road near One Lake Drive and collided head-on at a high speed with an unrelated vehicle, police said.

Despite the crash, which shut down Vanden Road in both directions for several hours, the group continued onto Walters Road toward state Highway 12 through Suisun, police said.

Officers staged on SR-12 to keep the rather large group moving out of town; At 10:30 p.m., a group of several hundred cars shut down Pennsylvania Avenue and Highway 12, police said.

California Highway Patrol air support responded and helped Fairfield officers disperse the crowd as many people in the cars threw things and shined a laser at officers, police said.

The group continued onto westbound Interstate Highway 80 out of Fairfield, where it reportedly participated in more sideshow activities around the Bay Area.

Meanwhile, the female passenger in Placencia's car suffered major injuries and had to be extricated from the car by Fairfield firefighters.

Placencia and the victim he struck suffered minor injuries.

All three were taken to a local trauma center and were expected to survive their injuries.

"Upon recovery, Christian Placencia is facing numerous charges to include a felony for reckless driving causing injury," Fairfield police said, asking anyone with information about Saturday night's sideshow activities to call 707- 428-7300 or text the message TIP FAIRFIELDPD to 888777.

"Sideshows have no place in our community, and Fairfield Police Department will continue to work with Bay Area Law Enforcement to deter and shut down such events," Fairfield police said. "Our thoughts are with the victims affected by [Saturday] night's senseless acts and disregard for human life."

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