Fairfield Man Dead After Ghastly Car Crash in Vacaville

A Fairfield man who died in a solo vehicle crash in north Vacaville early Tuesday morning had just competed in a billiards tournament in Las Vegas on Monday, according to his Facebook posts.

Rudy Lee Carabajal III, 39, placed third in a mini-pool tournament at the Westlake Las Vegas Resort and Casino, and he said he was looking forward to the next tournament.

Carabajal, who was also known as "Thumper," had a 10-year-old daughter. Friends on Facebook expressed concern that she would find out about his death on Facebook and not be notified in person.

Carabajal was driving a 2008 Honda Civic on southbound Interstate 505 south of Vaca Valley Parkway when the car went off the road, through a fence and struck two trees around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

He was ejected from the vehicle when the Honda split in half and was pronounced dead at the scene. The CHP said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Facebook friends said "the world has lost an amazing soul" and called him "a good friend and teammate."

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