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CHP Releases Information on Crash That Killed PG&E Contractor in Mendo Providing Storm Response

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37-year-old Elk Grove man Edgar Castillo was killed on the morning of Saturday, January 7, 2023, in a vehicle accident on Mountain View Road near Manchester.

Castillo was in Mendocino County working as a contractor for PG&E clearing vegetation associated with the recent storms.

After the vehicle was unable to negotiate a turn, it struck a guard rail, overturned, and came to rest down a roadside embankment.

Castillo was pronounced dead at the scene and his passenger, 27-year-old Camino man Jose Hernandez, suffered major injuries requiring hospitalization.

GoFundMe campaign to raise the funds for Castillo’s funeral and memorial expenses said he had worked to “clear roads for various communities in Northern California after severe weather systems and wildfires.”

The complete press release regarding the incident from the California Highway Patrol Ukiah Office follows:


On January 7, 2023, at approximately 0730 hours, CHP Ukiah- Fort Bragg units responded to a solo vehicle crash located on Mountain View Road, east of Rancheria Road in the vicinity of Manchester, an unincorporated area of Mendocino County. Upon arrival on scene, the responding units discovered a solo vehicle, a 2020 Freightliner boom truck, had been unable to negotiate a turn in the roadway. As a result, the Freightliner impacted a guardrail and overturned down the dirt embankment. The driver, name being withheld pending notification of kin, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. The passenger, Mr. Hernandez of Camino, sustained major injuries and was transported via ambulance to Adventist Health-Mendocino Coast Hospital for treatment. 

Alcohol and/or drug impairment is not a suspected contributing factor in this crash. 

The crash is still under investigation by CHP Ukiah- Fort Bragg.


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