Posted on 04 September 2012.
Multiple Crashes, One Fatality, and a High-Speed Chase
Buckle up. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.
It was a dangerous weekend for Del Norte and Humboldt drivers. Just when you thought it was safe to
go out for an otherwise fine and sunny Labor Day weekend,
Three-Car Accident Sends 10 to the Hospital
Ten people were hospitalized following a three-car accident on U.S. Highway 101 near Ehlers Way in the area of Crescent City Saturday, the California Highway Patrol said.
Shona E. Jacomella, 33, of Klamath, was driving her 1998 Ford Mustang southbound on U.S. Highway 101 when she entered into the left-hand turn lane for Ehlers Way, according to a CHP press release.
Ms. Jacomella proceeded to turn left and crossed into the path of a 2001 Suzuki heading northbound on U.S. Highway 101 driven by Janaka L. Haycook, 36, of Crescent City. The front of the Ms. Haycook’s Suzuki struck Ms. Jacomella’s Ford, forcing the Suzuki into the right-hand lane of Ehlers Way. There, the Suzuki, and presumably Ms. Haycook, struck a stopped 1996 Geo Prizm driven by Daniel Armendariz, 34, of Klamath.
Shona E. Jacomella and her passenger Sara M. Jacomella, 14, of Klamath, were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital with minor injuries.
Janaka L. Haycook and her passengers Shawn M. Haycook, 16, Damian H. Haycook, 17, Taylor J. Haycook, 14, and Lauren L. Haycook, 8, were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital with minor injuries. All of Janaka L. Haycook’s passengers were from Crescent City.
Daniel Armendariz and his passengers Michelle C. Armendariz, 40, and Danikah M. Armendariz, 11 months, both of Klamath, were also transported to Sutter Coast Hospital for minor injuries.
Alcohol and drugs were not suspected to be a factor in the accident, the CHP release said.
Another Del Norte Accident Involving Three Cars Lands Five More Folks in Hospital
Del Norte was a bad-car-karma kind of place for victims and the CHP yet again. Call it Kismet.
This time, five people were hospitalized after a three-car accident on U.S. Highway 199– south of Shady Lane in the area of Crescent City on Saturday.
Around 5:55 pm, Timothy B. Jolley, 44, of Crescent City, was driving his 1996 Dodge northbound on U.S. Highway 199 when he struck the back of a 1998 Ford being driven by 40-year-old Shara Soderlund of Gasquet.
Mr. Jolley apparently had not noticed that Ms. Soderlund had slowed to turn her vehicle into a private driveway, the California Highway Patrol release said.
Upon impact, Mr. Jolley’s vehicle pushed Ms. Soderlund’s vehicle into the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 199, where, like the above accident, caused a chain reaction. Ms. Soderlund’s vehicle collided with a 1990 Chevrolet being driven by Ricardo Caballero, 76, of Arcata. Ricardo Caballero’s vehicle the skidded off the roadway and struck a tree on the west shoulder of U.S. Highway 199.
Both Ricardo Caballero and his passenger, Barbara Caballero, 56, of Arcata, had to be extracted from their vehicle by responding officers. This resulted in an hour-and-a-half-hour closure on Highway 199.
Due to the extent of her injuries, Barbara Caballero was transported by air to Rogue Valley Hospital in Oregon. Ricardo Caballero was transported to Sutter Coast Hospital with major injuries.
Mr. Jolley, along with Ms. Soderlund and her passenger Don Bowden, 50, of Gasquet, were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital with minor injuries. Drugs and alcohol were not suspected to be a factor in the collision.
Highway 36 Crash Kills Motorcyclist
A 57-year-old woman on a Honda motorcycle was killed after the bike went down an embankment on State Route Highway 36 near the Dinsmore Airport on Saturday, August 1.
The California Highway Patrol identified the woman as Winchester resident Sandra Evelyn Owens. She was a passenger on a 1999 Honda 1500 Goldwing with husband, David Owens, also 57-years-old.
According to the CHP, the husband and wife were headed west on the 36 pulling their 2003 Champion trailer. As they approached a sharp left curve near Buck Mountain Road, Mr. Owens ran over debris and felt the front wheel shake. He applied the brakes while in the turn and the sudden slowing caused the loaded trailer to push the rear of the Honda towards the right. They were traveling at approximately 55-60 mph.
The Honda continued to travel, on its left side, in a northwesterly direction off the road and down a steep embankment. Mr. Owens was ejected from the Honda while on the roadway and shoulder; Ms. Owens, still on the Honda, rode over the embankment for approximately 20 feet before she was fully ejected. She landed a short distance away, CHP officials said.
Emergency personnel from the Southern Trinity Area Rescue (S.T.A.R.), Bridgeville, Carlotta, and Fortuna Volunteer firefighters, Calfire, City Ambulance, REACH and the CHP helicopter responded to the scene and assisted CHP Officers with this collision.
Medical aid and CPR was performed on Sandra Owens to no avail, officials added. She was transported to the hospital. Mr. Owens was treated for minor injuries to his left arm at the scene.
Both Mr. and and Ms. Owens were wearing helmets and protective riding gear and impairment is not a factor, CHP officials added.
High-Speed Romp Over Samoa Bridge Monday
On Monday morning, September 3, at 8:16 deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office attempted to pull over driver Charles Wayne Uber for a traffic stop in the Manila area. Mr. Uber chose not to pull over and a short but merry chase ensued. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
Mr. Uber sped off on Highway 255 over the Samoa bridges at speeds reaching 100 mph.
Uber is on active parole, he finally yielded to deputies near the intersection of 2nd and I streets in Eureka, just over from the Samoa Bridge.
Uber was arrested for:
- Felony Evading of a Police Officer
- Excessive Speed
- and Driving with a Suspended License
Mr. Uber currently sits in jail on his charges.
On active parole and apparently unsupervised, Mr. Uber, or “Chopper” as he’s otherwise known, was let out of the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on August 13 for Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License.
For the safety of others, we hope his Parole Agent takes away his car keys before he hurts someone. Some folks simply can’t drive 55. Or shouldn’t be near a car at all.
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Buckle up, drive slow, be cautious and look both ways. Be safe out there, people. Accidents happen.
You might a good driver. heck, youmight be the best driver in the world. Chances are, though, the other driver isn’t.
There are some crazy and inattentive folks out there. Ten pounds of crazy wrapped in a five pound sack, two wheels spinning in the sand, and lit by a very dim bulb.