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