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Daniel “Danny” Cox a 19 year-old from Petaluma, CA who was paralyzed in a diving accident last year died in an auto accident on Hwy 101 south Sunday evening.

The accident, happened just south of the Redwood Landfill and Recycling Center according to the California Highway Patrol.

Danny Cox was identified yesterday by the Marin County Sheriff‘s office.

According to CHP Officer Chris Rardin, Cox was heading south on 101 in his Dodge pick-up truck at about 5:35 p.m. apparently drifted off the road and collided with a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no skid marks on the roadway, and the debris from the Dodge scattered for approximately 300 feet from the site of the accident, the CHP said.

A piece of debris  hit a second vehicle, but that driver was uninjured.

The Novato Fire District extracted the victim from his vehicle, Capt. Phil Tripp said. There was no one else was in the vehicle.

The CHP closed the right lane before 6 p.m. for about 45 minutes, causing southbound traffic to back up to the Cotati grade. Around 8 p.m. the CHP closed the right lane again to remove the Dodge. Traffic was jammed into Santa Rosa just before 9 p.m.

Cox, a Petaluma High School graduate and former track star, became paralyzed from the chest down after a diving accident in Lake Tahoe on Aug. 10, 2010, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident contact the personal injury lawyers at the Alexander Law Group, LLP by email or call 888.777.1776. All calls free and confidential.