Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Alcohol/Drugs Suspected Factor in Last Night’s Fatal Collision Near Ukiah

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Yesterday evening, a head-on collision southeast of Ukiah resulted in the hospitalization of three men and the death of one. As per a press release from the California Highway Patrol Ukiah Office, alcohol/drugs are suspected to be a factor in the collision

.Investigators have determined that 38-year-old Phillip Harrison was driving his 2019 Ford Fusion westbound on Talmage Road when 35-year-old Ezequiel Guzman in his 2001 Chevy Malibu, along with two passengers, crossed over to the “opposite lane directly in the path of the Ford.”

It is unknown at this time why Guzman deviated from the eastbound lane, but the result, as described by the CHP press release, was “the right front of the Chevy impacted the right front of the Ford causing major intrusion into the right side passenger compartment of the Chevy.”

Medical personnel arrived on the scene and successfully extricated Harrison, Guzman, and 32-year-old Jesus Nava-Sandoval from the vehicles who were all transported to area hospitals suffering moderate injuries.

As to the deceased occupant, medical personnel attempted life-saving efforts but the “right-front passenger of the Chevy” succumbed to his injuries at the scene. This person’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

Though not stated in the press release, scanner traffic from last night indicated that in the minutes preceding the collision the Chevy Malibu had been reported as driving erratically and a reporting party told dispatch the vehicle had struck his before colliding with the Ford Fusion.

CHP is still actively investigating this collision and asks that “any person with information pertaining to this incident” contact the Ukiah CHP Office at (707)467-4420.

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