Multiple People Injured During Accident Last Friday Near Zenia
Press release from the Trinity River California Highway Patrol:
P-1 (Carrington) was driving his 1999 Toyota Tacoma n/b on Ruth Zenia Rd 5.3 miles south of Van Duzen Rd, and entering a blind left hand curve in the road, at approximately 30 mph. P-2 (Bernard) was approaching the same curve from the opposite direction, at approximately 25 mph. As V-1 entered the curve, P-1 intentionally drove to the left of the double yellow lines in an attempt to “cut the corner”. V-1 immediately came upon V-2 in the lane ahead and the two vehicles hit head on.
P-1, and his passengers sustained various injuries. P-1’s injuries were minor, whereas, passenger Stillwell received major injuries and was flown to Mercy Medical Center. Passenger Wilson was transported by ambulance to St Joseph Hospital with moderate injuries. Neither passenger in the Toyota Tacoma were wearing seatbelts. P-1 (Bernard) was not injured in the collision.
P-1 (Carrington) was arrested at the scene for suspicion of DUI. He was transported to Trinity Hospital in Weaverville for medical clearance and was then subsequently booked into the Trinity County Jail for Felony DUI causing injuries.
According to the victim’s wife,
The accident happened around 4:00 pm, two vehicles appeared to be racing around a blind turn, the Toyota being one of them who entered the oncoming lane to race and/or pass his friend in an dark colored SUV (still not identified). My husband was coming around the blind turn headed towards Zenia to go hunting with his family for the weekend with both of our dogs in the bed of the truck. He had little to no time to react as the oncoming Toyota was going around 45 mph and my husband was going about 25 mph. He couldn’t go into the other lane since the dark SUV was in their correct lane along side the Toyota, there was no where for him to turn and no time to even react. The Toyota hit my husband head on, completely in his lane. After the collision my husband witnessed a man get out of the drivers side and another male get out of the backseat. A female was then let out of the dark SUV who yanked her “friend” a young girl out of the passenger side who was unconscious and now laid on the pavement. The SUV then fled the scene. The male and female were yelling at the male driver (now identified as “Harley” out of Ruth Ca) and calling him names. My husband went to get water to splash on her face trying to wake her until medical personnel arrived but as he tried to help her the male driver kept telling him “I wasn’t driving, you didn’t see me driving.” My husband ignored them all fighting, because they were very intoxicated, so he could help this young unconscious girl. Another person came up on the crash who was in the fire department who took medical over from my husband and he went to start some sort of traffic control so the young unconscious woman wouldn’t be hit laying in the road. Medics and the Fire department came to the scene and took the unconscious woman and the man who was in the back seat to the hospital. The woman ended up being flown to Mercy Medical in Redding and the male was taken to St. Joseph’s in Fortuna. None of the occupants of this vehicle were wearing seat belts and they were all severely intoxicated. Broken beer bottles and boxes of beer layer on the street alongside the unconscious woman. There was no fight between parties as my husband, despite having a severe concussion and hurt back, stayed very calm. The “fighting” was between the same party as they were yelling at the male who was driving recklessly. The male tried to get the young girl who jumped out of the dark SUV to take the blame for driving. Upon police getting there it was clear that the non-op Toyota which had no insurance or registration etc. only had three seats and the woman from the SUV didn’t have a single scratch on her. My husband was not allowed to leave the scene until the chp showed up to get his statement despite telling the Trinity Sheriff that my husband needed to go to the hospital. The chp did not show up until about 8:00 pm. Once on scene he arrested the male driver, who was already on felony probation, for a felony DUI. He was severely under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. I then drove my husband to St. Joseph’s in Fortuna where he was diagnosed with a sprained neck and back and a severe concussion.
Earlier Chapter: Car Crash Near Zenia; One Medevacked to Redding