Thursday, March 30, 2023

[UPDATE: 9:34 p.m. One-Way Traffic] Old River Road Blocked After Hit and Run Driver Knocks Down Utility Pole


Scanner traffic and the California Highway Patrol Traffic Incident Information Page indicate a utility pole is blocking both lanes of Old River Road after a hit and run driver struck it and fled.

Old River Road, according to the CHP Incident page, is currently blocked. Travelers, depending on their destination, are encouraged to use the map below and determine whether you need to enter Old River Road coming north near Hopland or south from Talmage Road.

Lines are reportedly lying across the roadway and a the reporting party’s husband volunteered to use his vehicle to block the roadway from incoming traffic.

The CHP Incident page indicates the vehicle suspected of crashing into the utility pole is a black Honda that was last seen driving south on Old River Road.

UPDATE 6:37 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates law enforcement has been unable to locate the suspected vehicle in the immediate area nor the address associated with the vehicle.

The CHP Incident page indicates first responders have estimated Old River Road should be open by 7:00 p.m.

UPDATE 9:30 p.m. A resident who lives nearby the resident told us as of 9:33 p.m. the is one way controlled traffic. They told us approximately 40 feet of the road is closed due to a low hanging telephone wire.



  1. Att finally finished installing the mew poll about 12:30 this morning.ALL IS WELL ON OLD RIVER ROAD this morning. I only wish people would SLOW DOWN on this road. We have a LOT of bicycle riders and it’s is a dangerous road.

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