Rhonda Santen Suffers Major Injuries in Cottage Springs Collision on Highway 4 near Beatrice Drive

Rhonda Santen
Rhonda Santen Seriously Injured in Highway 4 Head-On Crash in Cottage Springs

Cottage Springs, California (August 3, 2021) – Rhonda Santen, 65, of Pinole, was among three people who were flown to trauma centers following a Monday afternoon traffic crash in Cottage Springs, according to the California Highway Patrol said.

The major-injury collision happened at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, August 2, in the westbound lane of Highway 4, just east of Beatrice Drive.

The CHP said a 23-year-old Bear Valley woman was driving a 2003 Subaru Outback eastbound when, for unknown reasons, the Outback crossed the double-yellow lines into the opposite lane, where it collided head-on with a westbound 2020 Subaru Forester, driven by Santen.

3 Injured in Cottage Springs Head-On Collision

Santen suffered major injuries and was airlifted to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

The Bear Valley woman sustained moderate injuries and was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center. Her 3-year-old passenger was also flown to the same hospital with major injuries.

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

The crash remains under investigation.

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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