Father and son dead after Jeep falls 300 feet, bodies identified

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Two people were killed when a Jeep fell 300 feet down an embankment. Sonoma County officials identified the bodies as a father and son from Santa Rosa. 

According to Sonoma County officials, Matthew Sousa, 32, and Jason Sousa, 7, were in Happy Hills Hunting Club in rural Sonoma County. At around 5:42 p.m., Sousa’s Jeep crashed down the embankment and fell into a ravine. 

A second Jeep arrived and tried to help the Sousas but overturned the embankment as well. CHP says the adult male driver in the second Jeep has life-threatening injuries. Two passengers had minor to moderate injuries. 

A CHP chopper was used to get the victims out of the ravine. 

“Response and rescue efforts by emergency personnel were hampered by difficult access and steep terrain,” CHP said.

Crash victims were taken to Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.


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