Man Killed, Woman Injured in Collision on Highway 101 near West Road in Ukiah
Mendocino, California (June 28, 2022) – A 36-year-old Burbank man was killed in a head-on collision that occurred in the Redwood Valley area north of Ukiah, on Monday evening.
The fatal accident happened at around 6:26 p.m. on Highway 101 near the West Road exit, according to the California Highway.
The Burbank man was driving a Toyota Prius northbound on the roadway when he drifted into the northbound lane and collided head-on with a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The Burbank man was killed in the collision.
The woman driving the Jeep suffered major injuries and was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment.
A passenger in the Jeep was not injured.
More details about the accident were not provided.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Crash Fatalities in California Went Up in 2021, Early Federal Estimates Show
Newly released estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that fatalities caused by traffic crashes on U.S. freeways reached a 16-year high in 2021.
The crash deaths also increased in almost every state, including California, according to NHTSA.
According to the Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2021 report released by NHTSA, about 42,915 people were killed in traffic collisions in 2021 in the U.S. This shows a 10.5% increase from the 38,828 fatalities reported in 2020.
NHTSA says the projection is the highest number of traffic deaths since 2005 as well as the largest percentage rise in the history of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
In California, 4,258 people died in traffic collisions in 2021 – a 10.7% increase from 2020’s 3,847, as per the NHTSA report titled – “Crash Stats: Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2021.”
According to the traffic deaths estimates, in the two-state region that includes Arizona and California, crash fatalities in 2021 are projected to go up by 10% over the previous year.
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