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CHP: Driver Performing ‘Hot Laps’ Dies in Palermo

A Palermo man is dead after his vehicle rolled over several times at an open field on his private residence late Friday night, said the California Highway Patrol.

Posted: Jul. 21, 2018 10:40 AM

PALERMO, Calif. - A Palermo man is dead after his vehicle rolled over several times at an open field on his private residence late Friday night, said the California Highway Patrol.


According to the California Highway Patrol Oroville, officers got a call just after midnight about a vehicle crash at a private residence on 2660 Louis Ave.


Charles Anthony McCauley, 54, of Palermo, was driving a 1972 Jeep CJ5 with his right front passenger Kalem Allen Stinnett, 28, as they performed several “hot laps” within the field, officials said.


The Jeep then overturned several times causing McCauley to be ejected from the driver’s seat and pinned on the ground by the Jeep, officials said.


When Cal Fire came to assist with the incident, they removed McCauley from underneath the Jeep and he was pronounced dead at the scene.


Stinnett only suffered minor injuries and was taken to Enloe Medical Center by helicopter.

CHP authorities said alcohol is considered as a factor in the crash.


Both McCauley and Stinnett were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision, said the CHP.


The crash is still under investigation.

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