29-Year-Old Covelo Man Killed, 4 Injured in Mendocino County Collision on Highway 101 near Ridgewood Scale Facility

Mendocino County Collision
Covelo Man Killed in Head-On Crash on Highway 101 in Mendocino County

Mendocino County, California (September 13, 2021) – A Covelo man was killed and four other people were injured Sunday morning in a head-on collision in Mendocino County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The deadly wreck happened at about 11:04 a.m. Sunday, September 12, on the southbound side of Highway 101, just north of Ridgewood scale facility.

The CHP said the 29-year-old Covelo man was driving his 2000 Acura Integra northbound in the number one lane of Highway 101 at about 70 mph when, for undetermined reasons, the Acura drifted across the double yellow lines into the southbound lane, where it collided head-on with an oncoming 2009 Dodge Ram pickup that was traveling in the No. 1 lane, also at 70 mph.

Due to the impact, the Dodge slammed into a guardrail and flipped onto its roof within the No. 2 lane of the highway while the Acura came to a stop on its wheels within the same lane.

Deadly Head-On Crash on Highway 101 in Mendocino County

Firefighters along with the paramedics responded to the scene and freed the driver of the Dodge, a 29-year-old Olivehurst woman, and her three passengers, a 9-year-old boy and two girls, ages 7 and 4.

The Dodge driver suffered major injuries, and the children had minor injuries. Paramedics transported all patients to Adventist Health Howard Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Acura was declared dead at the scene. His name has not been disclosed pending notification of next of kin.

Alcohol or drugs were not considered a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information or who witnessed the crash is urged to call the CHP’s Ukiah Area office at 707-467-4420.

Tips on What to do after a Car Accident in California

  • Always stop and remain at the scene.
  • Check if you or your passengers have been injured. In case someone is hurt, call emergency services or ask someone else to help.
  • Get to safety – If your car is drivable, move it to a safe area. If it’s not, turn your hazard lights on and set up flares.
  • Call 911 to report the accident.
  • Never discuss or admit fault. Instead, wait for a police officer and insurance companies representatives to figure out the fault.
  • Document the accident and exchange information with other drivers.

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