Fortuna Woman Dies in Lake County Accident New Year’s Eve

The Lake County News is reporting that Donna Jean Farfan, age 57 died in a car crash near Clearlake Oaks on Hwy 20. Below is a press release on the accident from the California Highway Patrol before the deceased woman’s name was released. Her name has been added into the report in brackets.

CHP TC Report

On 12-31-2107, at approximately 1:19 pm, [Donna Jean Farfan] was driving her 2011 Ford sedan westbound on SR-20 near Harvey Boulevard, in Clearlake Oaks. Mr. Kern was driving his 2017 Chevrolet SUV eastbound on SR-20. For an unknown reason, [Farfan] allowed her Ford to cross over the double yellow lines into the eastbound oncoming traffic lane. As a result, the front of the Ford collided head-on with the Chevrolet. After the collision, [Farfan] was pronounced deceased at the scene. Mr. Kern and Mrs. Sholian, his passenger, were transported to Sutter-Lakeside Hospital and treated for major injuries. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this collision.



  • Donna was a wonderfully kind woman with an infectious smile. She will be missed.

  • I had the privilege of working with her she was a very nice person. She will be missed.

  • I’m very sad. I will miss her smile and our chats at Rite Aid. She was a very sweet person.

  • Such a loss to Rite Aid in Fortuna. She always had a pleasant smile and enjoyed working with the public. Will miss her friendly smile !

  • Donna was a good friend of mine I always love seeing her at Rite Aid she would always come into snip to get her hair done and chat with us girls such a sad thing she will be missed sending condolences to the family so sad.

  • unbridled phillistine

    I am so sad to hear this news! She was so kind, Funny. Prayers to her family.

  • Im so bummed about donna she made me feel like u was a special customer every time i went into rite aid rest in peace dear sweet lady you will be sorely missed.

  • Tears in my eyes

    RIP, my friend. I find it hard to believe your sweet smile isn’t here anymore. I will miss you very much and will see you again someday. You were a ray of sunshine in this world.

  • I had the privilege of working with Donna, her laugh was contagious as was her smile! She will be missed by many!! May she Rest In Peace! Condolences to her family!

  • Donna you will be missed. I always enjoyed chatting with you both in Riteade and when I saw you outside your home while visiting friends in Campton Heights. I pray God embraces you with open arms and that he watches over your daughter and grandson. You will be missed.

  • I’m so sorry for the lost of this person who sounds like a very good person, I was first to reach her at the accident because it was right in front of my home, I want you all to know that she did not suffer, it was instant, I was at her vehicle within 15 to 30 seconds. She is resting now in Jehovah God’s memory for the resurrection of many others……

    • Thank you for being there and for letting her family know that she didn’t suffer.

    • That is very kind of you to let us know that our friend didn’t suffer. Thank you 🌹

    • Thank you for sharing and bringing comfort to our family during this difficult time. Your words have lifted our spirits knowing their was no pain or suffering during this tragic event. Our prayers go out to the other party involved and wish them a speedy recovery.

    • I passed the accident that occurred on Hwy 20, new years eve, about 5 minutes after it happened. I’m in a congregation in the small town of hughson, ca.. Can’t wait until the last enemy, death, is no more.
      Thanks for being there brother.

  • I will miss you my sweet Friend. RIP. You will always be in my heart.

  • Donna you were a very nice woman.Our town and community will miss your cheery way.And to Sarah…..You and your son were the light of her life.She was so proud of you.My sincere condolences to you.

  • There was definitely no alcohol involved!!!!!!!!!! I started a go fund me account for her family on my Facebook page if anyone wants to donate to help her family. Please go and share if you can’t donate thank you!!!!!

  • RIP my friend. Till we meet again 🌹

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