Auburn Symphony conductor Michael Goodwin killed in Highway 20 crash

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Auburn Symphony conductor Michael Goodwin was killed Tuesday in a two-car crash on Highway 20 in Yuba County, about halfway between Yuba City and Grass Valley. Goodwin, 65, of Oregon House, was identified Wednesday morning by the Yuba County Sheriff's Office as the lone victim of the crash. Goodwin, longtime conductor of the Auburn Symphony, was on his way to rehearsal in Auburn in preparation for Saturday's symphony children's concert. Goodwin was the lone occupant in a car that lost traction on Highway 20 at about 5:40 p.m. His Toyota spun out of control into the westbound lane directly into the path of another vehicle. The front of the other vehicle - driven by Delta Dawn Armtrout, 26, of Browns Valley - struck the right side of the Toyota, the Highway Patrol reported. Both vehicles went over the north side of the roadway about 40 feet down an embankment. Armtrout's vehicle rolled over onto its roof. Goodwin died at the scene of the crash. The three occupants of the other vehicle were taken to hospital. The Journal will provide more information on the crash as it becomes available. The Yuba-Sutter CHP office released a report Wednesday on the collision, stating Goodwin's Toyota was eastbound, east of Parks Bar Bridge, when the crash occurred. The car's speed was estimated at 55 mph. Armtrout's vehicle - a sport-utility vehicle - was traveling at about 45 mph. Before the crash, the Toyota went by several vehicles in the passing lane east of Parks Bar Bridge, the CHP reported. As it approached a sweeping bend in the road to the left, it was traveling at a speed that was unsafe for the wet roadway conditions due to the rain, according to the Highway Patrol. The weather was reported as wet and misty. The car lost traction and spun counter-clockwise into the westbound lane before colliding with the SUV, the CHP report said. Delta Dawn Armtrout, 15-year-old Michael Armtrout and 6-year-old Brody Armtrout, all of Browns Valley, were able to exit their vehicle on their own. They were transported to Rideout Hospital in Marysville for precautionary reasons, the Highway Patrol report said. All four people involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts during the collision. The 6-year-old was using a child safety seat. The Highway Patrol also reported that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision.