Petaluma teen paralyzed in Lake Tahoe diving accident dies in Highway 101 crash

The 19-year-old Petaluma teen who died in a car crash on Highway 101 Sunday was identified as Danny Cox, a Petaluma High School track star who'd become paralyzed after a diving accident one year ago at Lake Tahoe.

On Sunday at about 5:30 p.m. Cox was driving on the highway north of Novato in his specially outfitted 2005 Dodge Magnum pickup when the vehicle left the road and hit an oak tree.

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There were no skid marks to suggest he'd been trying to slow prior to the collision, said CHP Officer Chris Rardin.

Witnesses told the CHP he'd been travelling between 60-70 mph when he hit the tree, Rardin said.

A Marin County Coroner's official on Monday identified Cox as the driver. He was alone in the truck.

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