Three Others Injured in Early Sunday Morning Collision
On Sunday, November 11, 2012, just before 3 in the morning, 17-year old-Steven James Hillaire of Miranda was
driving a 2005 Chevy Monte Carlo northbound on State Route
254, also known as Avenue of the Giants, north of Miranda,
when his vehicle ran off the east roadway edge.
Three of the vehicle’s four passengers sustained major injuries:
- Shawn Paul Bergeron, 20, of Phillipsville, was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna with major injuries.
- Christopher Allen Thompson, 16, of Rio Dell was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka with major injuries.
- Cora Kent Pickens, 31, of Garberville was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital with major injuries and was later flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
29-year-old James Charles Leibman of McKinleyville was uninjured, but was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital for a precautionary evaluation.
Steven Hillaire was trapped in the driver’s seat and had to be extricated by fire personnel. He was transported to St. Joseph Hospital with major injuries and was later flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where the young man was pronounced deceased Sunday afternoon.
DUI does not appear to be a factor and the Garberville Office of the California Highway Patrol Garberville is investigating this traffic collision, they reported.
(Posted by Skippy Massey)