SALYER, Calif. – Early Saturday morning it was reported that two vehicles went over an embankment along Highway 299 in Trinity County. One person died, another was injured, and according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), another person left the scene before talking to responding officers.
The incidents occurred before 5 a.m. on Saturday morning. According to the CHP, it was initially thought that the vehicles had been involved in a collision with each other, but now they believe there were two different crashes.
The first crash involved a 2008 Subaru that had two people inside who were from Willow Creek.
According to the CHP, the Subaru was being driven west on Highway 299 east of Salyer. The Subaru appeared to have drifted off of the wet roadway before crashing into a large oak tree.
The passenger was not wearing a seat belt at the time, according to the CHP. The Willow Creek woman has not been identified yet, but she was 69 years old. The CHP said she died from blunt force trauma.
The 62-year-old driver from Willow Creek had major injuries and was taken to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka for treatment of a broken wrist. He was identified as Daryl Howard.
It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were involved. The cause of this collision is still being investigated.
The second crash involved a 2001 Toyota Camry that was located abandoned near the Subaru.
The Camry had also been traveling westbound and also drifted off of the road, said the CHP, to the east of the 2008 Subaru. They said the Camry crashed into several oak trees.
The CHP said they believe that the Camry crashed after the Subaru collided into the large oak tree because they said the male driver “exited from the Toyota Camry, made contact with the driver of the Subaru, and then fled the scene.”
If anyone witnessed either of these crashes or has any relevant information to these incidents they are asked to contact Officer Compton at the CHP Trinity River Area Office at (530) 623-3832.