37-year-old Elk Grove man Edgar Castillo worked for a Pacific Gas and Electric contractor clearing debris and vegetation. He was in Mendocino County this last Saturday, January 7, 2023, heading to the coast to do his part in cleaning up the mess left by the recent winter storms.
Tragically, he died after the utility truck he drove careened off Mountain View Road, a rural roadway northeast of Point Arena. His co-worker and the second subject in the vehicle suffered major injuries from the accident.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten confirmed Castillo and his passenger were working for a company called Mountain F Enterprises that was contracting with PG&E to provide vegetation management in the county.
The accident took place near the 4100 block of Mountain View Road around 7:45 a.m. Castillo and his passenger had to be cut from the utility truck. Castillo was pronounced dead at the scene and the passenger was transported to a Sonoma County hospital.
A 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.” On Saturday, he was on his way to “clear debris for a community near Manchester” when the traffic accident occurred.
We reached out to the California Highway Patrol for information regarding the incident and have yet to hear back at the time of publication.
UPDATE 1/9/2023: The following article contains new information about the traffic accident that took the life of Edgar Castillo released by CHP this morning: