A young boy was killed and Napa Valley restaurateur Cindy Pawlcyn injured Sunday in a head-on crash west of Napa on Highway 121, according to the CHP.
Three others involved in the crash, including the boy's mother, were rushed to the hospital for treatment, said Officer Guillermo Garcia.
The crash took place shortly after 3:30 p.m. near Duhig Road on a winding stretch of Highway 121 known for serious collisions. It involved two sport utility vehicles and closed the road for more than three hours.
It started when a Chevrolet Equinox headed northbound on Highway 121 veered left for undetermined reasons, into the oncoming lane of traffic, according to the CHP's preliminary investigation. A man was driving the vehicle, a woman was riding in the passenger seat, and a young boy, her son, sat in the back.
The Equinox collided with a Lexus RX450, ending up in the southbound lane. Both vehicles were driving at roughly the 55-mph speed limit, according to CHP Officer Jaret Paulson.
The boy, 4 years old, was reported to be unconscious at the crash. Bystanders gave CPR to the boy before emergency responders arrived, according to initial CHP reports.
Helicopters arrived from the CHP and the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office and airlifted the boy and his mother, Garcia said.
The boy was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Garcia said. The man driving the Chevy, Flavio Castellanos, 23, of Napa, was taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley with moderate to major injuries, m Paulson said.
The boy's mother, 25, whose name has not been disclosed, suffered major injuries, Paulson said.
Cindy Pawlcyn, 58, who owns two restaurants in Napa County and one in Monterey, was riding in the Lexus, which her husband, John Watanabe, 66, was driving. Both are from St. Helena. Pawlcyn received moderate injuries, Watanabe minor ones, Paulson said. Both were taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley.
It does not appear that drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, Garcia said.