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UC Davis grad student dies from injuries suffered in I-5 crash

I grew up in Davis, CA-- my father was a professor/researcher in Vet Med and I received
my degree from UCD. Even though I no longer live in Davis, I am still emotionally affiliated
with it. Which is why I was in utter shock and sadness when I read of the terrible car accident on
I-5 that ended up killing four people. It's yet another needless accident of this type where the family's fate was completely out of their hands. We may never know why the other car drifted over into the traffic lane going in the opposite direction, but it demolished a number of families.

UC Davis veterinary school graduate Loreto A. Godoy has died from injuries she suffered
in a car crash Friday that killed three others, including her husband's parents, according to
a UC Davis news release.

Godoy, 32, and her husband Fernando O. Mardones, 36, were driving to Southern
California last week when a 29-year-old man traveling north on Interstate 5 crossed the
median and collided head-on with their car. The man, as well as Mardones' parents sitting
in the front of the car, died at the scene.

Family members told university officials Wednesday that Godoy, who died at Memorial
Medical Center in Modesto, will be an organ donor.

Mardones and the couple's 8-month and 4-year-old daughters survived the crash. They
have returned home to Davis with broken bones, and they expressed gratitude to the UC
Davis community, the news release said.

Loreta Godoy



Ph.D. candidate Loreto Godoy holds
one of her research subjects during a
banding operation last year.

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