Update: 81-Year-Old driver killed in 299 crash identified

Jan 9, 2014 12:50 AM

5:45am UPDATE: The CHP has identified the 81-year-old man killed in Wednesday night's fatal accident. Jerry C. Whetman of Bella Vista was pronounced dead at the scene. Whetman's driver side door hit a large oak tree when sliding off the embankment, causing it to roll over onto it's roof. The investigation is on going.

10:53pm: The CHP is investigating a fatal crash on Highway 299 in Shasta County. It happened about 20 miles east of Redding Wednesday night. According to CHP investigators, the crashed-vehicle was discovered around 8:15 about 20 feet down an embankment, crashed into a tree. An 81-year-old man was the only person in the vehicle and he was already dead.

There were no witnesses to the crash, but it appears the driver simply didn't make the turn at the curve where the crash happened. It's not known if any medical factors contributed to the crash but investigators say alcohol was not a factor. The victim's name has not yet been released but we know he was a Bella vista resident.


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