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* Santa Rosa Authority Identify 5-Year-Old Boy Addison Branson Who Was Killed In Crash Where Brandi Hanley Was Arrested

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Santa Rosa police released more information this morning about a three-car crash that killed a 5-year-old boy Monday afternoon.The Sonoma County coroner’s office identified the boy as Addison Branson of Santa Rosa. He was pronounced dead at 6:02 p.m. Monday, about a half-hour after the accident.The boy was sitting in the back seat of a Toyota Matrix that was stopped, along with a Toyota Celica, on eastbound Guerneville Road at the intersection of Marlow Road in west Santa Rosa.Police said an eastbound Ford Explorer driven by Brandi Hanley, 32, of Rohnert Park, struck both Toyotas from behind. The impact forced the Matrix into a utility pole on the southeast corner of the intersection.Santa Rosa resident Albert A. Branson, 52, the driver of the Matrix and the boy’s father, was treated at a hospital and released. A female front seat passenger in the Matrix was seriously injured and was also hospitalized, police said. Her name has not been released.Hanley and the driver of the Celica, John Nelson, 23, of Santa Rosa, were also treated at a hospital and released, police said.  Hanley was arrested for vehicular manslaughter. She was booked into Sonoma County jail and has since posted bail. A court date for her arraignment has not been set.Sgt. Lisa Banayat said alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash but that Hanley was driving on a suspended license.  Additionally, Sonoma County Superior Court records show Hanley was charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run causing property damage for an incident on Dec. 21, 1998. She attended traffic school and the district attorney’s office dismissed the case against her on May 17, 1999.

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