The following is a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On December 26th, 2022, at approximately 1:15 AM, the California Highway Patrol responded to a two vehicle collision on Eel River Rd. in Potter Valley. Based on the preliminary investigation it was determined Caldwell was driving a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek southbound on Eel River Rd., south of Gibson Ln. Stanley was driving a 2001 Chevy Cavalier northbound on Eel River Rd., south of Gibson Ln. For unknown reasons, Caldwell allowed the Subaru to drive across the double yellow lines separating the north and southbound traffic lanes. As a result, the front of the Subaru collided with the front of the Chevy. As a result of the collision, Caldwell and his passenger Alvarez both sustained major injuries and were transported via ambulance to Adventist Health Ukiah. Stanley also sustained major injuries and was transported via Ambulance to Adventist Health Ukiah. The passenger in Stanley’s vehicle sustained fatal injuries. The identity of the deceased party is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.
At this time, alcoholic beverage impairment is suspected to be a contributing factor in this collision. Caldwell was placed under arrest for felony driving under the influence. Caldwell was released to Adventist Health Ukiah for further medical treatment due to the severity of his injuries. This collision remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Ukiah Area. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident are asked to contact the CHP office at (707) 467-4420.