Saturday, September 23, 2023

Two with Major Injuries, One Accused of DUI After Yesterday’s Head-On Collision Near Leggett

The following is a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol, Garberville Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On August 12, 2022, at approximately 7:11 PM, a gold Toyota Tundra driven by Tyson Young was traveling southbound on US-101, south of Dora Creek. A maroon KIA Sedona, driven by Joe Kencke, was traveling northbound on US-101, south of the Toyota. The Toyota crossed over the double yellow lines into the northbound lane of traffic directly into the path of the KIA, resulting in a head-on collision. Upon investigation, Young was determined to be under the influence and was placed under arrest for felony DUI for causing injuries to another person. Tyson Young sustained major injuries and was transported to Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital for medical care. Rebekah Kencke sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Jerold Phelps Community Hospital for medical care.  One juvenile passenger sustained major injuries and was transported to UC Davis Medical Center for medical treatment. Joe Kencke and the other two juvenile passengers were uninjured.  This ongoing investigation is being conducted by the California Highway Patrol – Garberville Area.


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  1. Another DUI caused collision that injured an entire family ! Tyson Young should be very old before he’s out of prison!!

  2. 🙏😭 PLEASE don’t drive drunk. Or high. And stay off your cell phone while driving or tired. You know if you’re impaired or distracted. It’s just not worth it. Make the highways and byways safer for everyone.

    If you’ve been drinking pay someone $30 to drive you home. It could be the best $30 you ever spent!

    Parents please set a good example for your kids that will be driving someday. Driving is a serious responsibility. Pull over to use your phone to call or text. Teach them to drive defensively by paying attention to the road. The life you save could be theirs!

    🙏Pray before you start your car to go anywhere. 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙

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