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Driver seriously hurt after 3-way car crash during Napa's morning commute

Driver seriously hurt after 3-way car crash during Napa's morning commute


A Santa Rosa man was seriously hurt after a 3-car crash, which created congestion during the morning commute on Highway 29 on Tuesday.

The incident occurred around 5:30 a.m., south of Highway 221. Fairfield resident Rafael Carbajal-Avbila, 37, was driving his 2015 Chevrolet north on Highway 29 and stopped for the traffic signal. Vacaville resident Jason McGowan, 33, stopped his 2002 GMC behind Carbajal-Avbila's car.

It's unclear why, but 36-year-old Santa Rosa resident Jonathan Catoe drove his 1992 Volvo into McGowan's car, which crashed into Carbajal-Avbila's car. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the crash, and everyone was wearing a seatbelt, the CHP said.

Catoe was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, along with one other driver who suffered minor injuries, the CHP said. The third driver involved sought their own medical aid for minor injuries.

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Courtney Teague is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She can be reached at 707-256-2221. You can follow her reporting on Twitter and Facebook, or send her anonymous tip at:

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