Major Injury Accident Temporarily Closed 101 in Northern Mendocino Today; Two Victims Medevacked

chp major injury featureThis is a press release from the California Highway Patrol. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On December 29, 2016, at approximately 1325 hours, a 2007 Infinity was driving southbound on US-101 south of Spy Rock Road, in Mendocino County.  According to witness statements, Isidro Acosta was driving the Infinity.  For reasons still under investigation, Acosta traveled into the northbound lane of traffic directly into the path of the 2011 Honda driven by P. Monahan.  The two vehicles collided head on.

The collision caused major front end damage to both vehicles.  Acosta was trapped inside the Infinity and required extrication by fire personnel.  Acosta incurred major injuries as a result of the collision and was flown from the scene by Reach Air Ambulance.  K. Monahan received major injuries and was flown from the scene by Reach Air Ambulance.  P. Monahan and the juvenile received minor injuries as a result of the collision and were transported from the scene by the Laytonville Fire Department.

Acosta was subsequently arrested as a result of this collision.  Intoxication due to drugs appears to be a factor in the collision.  The investigation is ongoing.

US-101 was blocked, allowing for one way controlled traffic for approximately one and one half hours.  The California Highway Patrol would like to thank Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Laytonville Fire Department, Willits Fire Department, Leggett Fire Department, Reach, Calfire and Caltrans for their assistance with the traffic collision investigation and management.

Remember to always designate a sober driver.

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

18 comments

  • Don’t smoke and drive

    • Don’t drive distracted no matter what the source is!!!

    • This happens pretty often! Be alert for vehicles going outside the lines, or swerving suddenly. OH and if a car keeps slowing down or is being operated erratically, the driver probably is stoned on local product. Drivers who can’t drive should be reported via 911, please report the licence number if possible. Northern CA is full of poor drivers and drug addicts who are going, somewhere? Drive defensively, stay awake, use all your senses, and be sober! Drive first, then smoke, if you just have to… And watch out for deer, and falling trees, rocks, landslides, ice and homeless people…

      • sharpen your pencil

        And drunks smart one! If you’re so concerned about smokers, you can have the drunks, they are everywhere!

      • Lost Croat Outburst

        The people I have seen slowing way down and operating erratically are more likely drunk on their asses or other combination of intoxicants. Not recommending herbal medication prior to driving, I’m just sayin’. Most weedheads are not weaving and erratic. If a little herb slows your driving down, that alone might be worth it from the speed maniacs we see every day. Still, hold off until done driving is the best plan.

        Was an implicating mobile device found? That ‘s a very close 2nd guess as to cause.

        • Here, LCO… I’ll help you stop guessing as to the cause of this senseless wreck. Dude was passing multiple vehicles in the oncoming lane over the double yellow. Repeatedly. At high speed. Very deliberately. One of those times, there was this unsuspecting car in his way with a family in it, heading back home to Trinidad after visiting loved ones in the Bay Area. No mystery. This isn’t exactly rocket science. Have a nice day

      • Lost Croat Outburst

        The people I have seen slowing way down and operating erratically are more likely drunk on their asses or other combination of intoxicants. Not recommending herbal medication prior to driving, I’m just sayin’. Most weedheads are not weaving and erratic. If a little herb slows your driving down, that alone might be worth it from the speed maniacs we see every day. Still, hold off until done driving is the best plan.

        • Lost Croat Outburst

          Wow, I accidently got a double post! Exciting. I swear it was an accident. It didn’t look like the first post “took”! Great start to the new year.

  • People you know better than to get in a vehicle after drinking or doing drugs,this is the result.i don’t mean to sound harsh,but this has gone on long enough.Innocent people die at the hands of selfish people.PLEASE THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK AND MAKE A DATE FOR A RIDE HOME!!!! I hope these folks make a quick recovery

    • Find a DD!!!!! Been a dd for decades! To all friends and family! It has saved them and perhaps 100’s of victims! Sometimes it isn’t fun to hang around…so I always dropped them off and picked them up…with anyone else they found needing a dd ride!!!!!!! STAY SAFE…somebody will miss you if you wreck, and die!

      • I’ve Ben a member of madd,since Dorothy Wormington started after she lost her child to a.drunk driver.i also am the dd in my fam.awsome

  • Please pray for this family that was hit, we love them dearly!

  • Kathleen Monahan, passenger, is the talented and dedicated preschool teacher at Salmonberry Preschool in Westhaven. This is a terrible event. Many children and their families and the staff all affected. Every wish for recovery Kathleen, the early childhood community is praying for you and your family.

    • Yes, Kathleen and her family are much loved n our community … so many prayers and blessings are going out to Lotus, Julian. Pete and Kathleen…

  • Offering prayers for healing and any kind of practical help needed. Love this family❤️️.

  • After 2000 miles of driving this New Years weekend the worst drivers I saw were texting! My wife is very fearful of other cars after being hit by two drunks. But the only cars that scared her into grabbing the dash were both texting. Pot usually makes you focus not be distracted. Driving studies has showed this also. I find there are more regular drivers that are just plain bad drivers or they are on prescription drugs than people driving poorly on pot. I drive for a living and have logged well over 1,000,000 miles in the last twenty years. The only ones I’ve ever called the cops on were people reading books and news papers while driving down the highway.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *