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Update: Victim Identified in Fatal Accident in Butte County Rice Field

Published On: Mar 19 2013 10:43:01 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 19 2013 10:06:12 PM CDT
Gridley Fatal Crash photo 2
GRIDLEY, Calif. -

The Butte County Coroner has identified the victim in a fatal accident Tuesday morning.

Eric Donnard, 23 of Gridley, was killed when his Ford Mustang crashed in a rice field west of Gridley.

A vehicle was found at 6:53 a.m. in a field near West Liberty Road and Farris Road.  A witness spotted the vehicle after the sun came up.  Investigators said it appears the crash happened sometime late Monday or early Tuesday.

Based upon evidence at the scene, deputies said the car left the road at a high rate of speed and went airborne over a ditch.  The Ford Mustang then bounced or rolled four times before coming to rest 50 yards off the road.

Donnard was well-known in Gridley and played several sports at Gridley High School.