Eureka Residents Struck by Possible DUI Driver in Fatal Lake County Crash
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 01/12/2020 at approximately 1611 hours a head on traffic collision occurred on SR-20 at Blue Lakes Lodge. Party #1, (Withheld) was driving a 1991 Toyota Pickup (Vehicle #1) eastbound on SR-20, just west of Irvine Ave., at approximately 50 mph. Party #2, (Gutierrez) was driving a 2000 GMC Sierra (Vehicle #2) westbound on SR-20, just west of Irvine Ave., at approximately 45 mph.
Party #3 (Nasca) was driving a 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 (Vehicle #3) westbound SR-20, just west of Irvine Ave., at approximately 40 mph. directly behind the GMC. For reasons yet to be determined, P-1 allowed V-1 to veer across the solid double yellow lines onto the westbound lane and side swiped V-2. V-2 spun out on the north side of SR-20. Following this collision, V-1 continued onto the westbound lane. The right front of V-1 collided with the front of V-3. V-1 came to rest on its wheels on the north shoulder of SR-20, V-2 came to rest on its wheels on the north embankment of SR-20, and V-3 came to rest on the north shoulder of SR-20.
P-1 was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision. P-2 and P-3 were wearing their seatbelt at the time of the collision.
P-1 sustained major injuries as a result of the collision and was transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital, the transfered to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Occupants of V-2 and V-3 did not sustain any injuries and were cleared by medical at the scene.
Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in this collision, which is still under investigation.
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