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Vigil honors young woman killed in wrong-way crash

By Colin Steiner, csteiner@krcrtv.com
Published On: May 21 2014 01:40:00 PM CDT
OROVILLE, Calif. -

More than a hundred people honored a Berry Creek woman who died after a head-on crash near Oroville Monday with a candlelight vigil on Tuesday night.

Kim Orozco, 20, was traveling with a friend in a BMW on Highway 70 near Ophir Road Monday night when the crash happened.  The CHP said a wrong-way driver headed southbound in the northbound lanes crashed head-on into their car.

Orozco was rushed from the scene but later died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico.   The driver of the BMW, 20-year-old Daruis Bucur of Oroville, suffered major injuries.  As of Wednesday morning Bucur was listed in fair condition at Enloe Medical Center.

The driver of the other car, 41-year-old Douglas Sapp of Marysville, died at the scene.

On Tuesday night, friends, family and loved ones gathered at Rotary Park in Oroville to sing songs and remember Orozco, who was known as a concert level pianist and volunteer for a Butte County horse rescue group.

Joshua Orozco, one of Kim's three brothers, remembered her as a quiet but straight forward person who had a knack for winning people over.

"My mom would say she's black and white. As you can see, people saw who she was and loved her. It's very touching. Very touching," Orozco said with tears in his eyes.

Kim Orozco was just about a month shy of her 21st birthday.

The CHP is investigating if alcohol played a role in the crash.