George Horvath (1955-2014)

May 15, 1955 – Dec 13, 2014

Napa County sheriff’s officials have identified a passenger who was killed in a vehicle crash Saturday on state Highway 29 north of Napa as 59-year-old George Horvath.

Horvath, a Napa resident, was the right front passenger in a 1998 Chevrolet Prizm that was traveling north on Highway 29 south of Darms Lane around 5:20 a.m. Saturday, California Highway Patrol Officer Anna Paulson said.

The Prizm driven by a 46-year-old Fairfield man was struck by a 2005 Ford F-150 truck that was traveling south on Highway 29, Paulson said.

The Ford driver, Natosha Gutheridge, 23, of Napa, struck the concrete center divide and crossed into the northbound lanes of the highway, Paulson said.

The Ford then struck a guardrail on the east side of the highway, causing the rear of the truck to briefly rise in the air and land on the right front passenger area of the oncoming Prizm, Paulson said.

Horvath was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Prizm driver and Gutheridge suffered minor injuries and were taken to the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Paulson said.

Gutheridge was booked into Napa County Jail on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

The collision blocked the northbound lanes of Highway 29 for more than three hours, according to the CHP.

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