One person was killed and three others were hospitalized following a two-vehicle collision allegedly caused by drunk driving in Mendocino County on Monday morning, December 26, 2022.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal crash involving two vehicles occurred around 1:15 a.m. along Eel River Road, south of Gibson Lane, in Potter Valley.
The crash was between a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek heading south on Eel River Road and a 2001 Chevy Cavalier traveling north. The Subaru, for reasons under investigation, crossed the double yellow lines and collided head-on with the Chevy.
The Subaru driver, his passenger, and the Chevy driver sustained severe injuries and were taken to Adventist Health Ukiah via ambulance. There are no updates on their condition.
The Chevy passenger, unfortunately, sustained fatal wounds. Their identity was withheld until the next of kin was notified.
Alcohol consumption impairment is currently thought to have contributed to this collision. For driving while intoxicated on a felony charge, the Subaru driver was taken into custody.
CHP Ukiah Area is still looking into the collision. Anyone with information is urged to contact them.
Fatal Drunk Driving Accident Statistics
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