The following is a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol Ukiah Office. This has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On November 16, 2023 at approximately 10:52 AM, The Ukiah California Highway Patrol Dispatch received an emergency call of traffic collision involving two vehicles with injuries on State Route – 253 at Stipp Lane. Upon emergency personnel arriving at the collision scene, they confirmed that a head-on traffic collision occurred at this location.
The driver of the Honda Civic was driving westbound on State Route – 253, east of Stipp Lane, at unknown speed. The driver of Ford Ranger was driving eastbound on State Route 253, east of Stipp Lane, at approximately 50 mph. The driver of the Honda Civic failed to maintain his lane and crossed into the opposing traffic lane directly into the path of the Ford Ranger. Neither driver was able to take evasive actions and the vehicles collided head-on. The driver of the Honda Civic was not wearing a seatbelt and the airbags deployed at the time of the collision. The driver of the Ford Ranger was wearing a seatbelt and the airbags deployed at the time of the collision.
The driver of the Honda Civic was pronounced deceased on scene and the driver of the Ford Ranger was treated for his moderate injuries. The driver of Ford Ranger was treated for his injuries and transported to the Adventist Health Hospital in Ukiah, CA. The driver of the Honda was taken possession of by the Mendocino County Sheriff/ Coroners Office. The California Highway Patrol would like to thank the following agencies for assisting with this investigation: The Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department and The California Department of Transportation.
The sobriety of the deceased is still under investigation.