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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 3B LAW and ORDER CHP REPORT Tl~e following incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s). Hazardous ice, Dec. 30 Michael Biren, 49, of Meadow Valley, was driving his 1985 Toyota pickup westbound on Bucks Lake Road. At about 5:32 p.m., Biren was near Riverdance Road traveling up a slight grade at approximately 40 mph. Roadconditions were clear, but cold and icy. According to the CHP report, due to speed and ice the Toyota's tires lost traction. The vehicle slid south across the eastbound lane, the south asphalt and dirt shoulders and down a dirt embankment. The front end of the pickup collided into a tree. Biren was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. Collision with deer, Dec. 31 At about 5:09 p.m., Carl Willis, 73, of Reno, was driving a 2016 Nissan southbound on US-395. His stated speed was 60 mph. Just south of the Pozzolan Plant, a deer heading east charged directly into the path of the Nissan. The deer collided with the right front fender, right front door and right rear door. Willis was wearing his seat belt and the right side airbags deployed from the impact. The driver pulled over and reported the accident. He was unharmed. Dec. 31 At about 9:28 p.m., Phillip Rettig, 49, of San Ramon, was driving his 2006 Toyota pickup westbound on Clifford Drive in Lake Almanor. Rettig allowed his truck to enter the eastbound lane directly in front of an eastbound vehicle. Jenner Francis, 30, of Dallas, Texas, was traveling eastbound in a 2008 Hyundai. An adult female passenger was in the sedan. Emergency personnel from Chester Ambulance, Peninsula Fire Department, Plumas County Roads Department and California Highway Patrol responded. Retting and the female passenger were transported to Seneca Healthcare District in Chester with minor injuries. Francis was airlifted to Entoe Medical Center in Chico for treatment of major injuries sustained in the crash. This collision remains under CHP investigation. Extra caution required, Jan. 1 This accident occurred on Highway 89, just south of Sulfur Creek Loop, at about 6:35 p.m. Daniel Moriarty, 40, of Rocklin, was driving his 1997 Lexus northbound at a stated arre Deborah Bakker, 53, of Quincy, was arrested for theft of medication from the Plumas County Correctional Facility. The Plumas County Sheriff Investigations Unit served a search warrant at Bakker's residence Jan. 5. As a result of that search, speed of 35 mph. The road was covered in snow. No chain controls were in effect at the time. The Lexus was all wheel drive and had mud and snow tires. Moriarty was approaching a left hand curve. Due to unsafe speed for conditions, the Lexus lost traction with the roadway. The front of the vehicle struck the dirt embankment, east of the road edge. The car rolled onto its left side and came to rest lying on its left side within the roadway. The driver exited the vehicle and a passerby reported the collision. Moriarty had been wearing his seat belt. He sustained minor injuries. Over the edge, Jan. 2 Ril Werstler, 59, of Chico, was driving her 2002 green Toyota Camry eastbound on Highway 70. She was also transporting a juvenile passenger. Her stated speed was 35 mph. It was approximately 9:33 a.m. A snowstorm was in progress. The portion of the highway east of Caribou Road was covered with a thin laYer of snow and under R-1 chain control. Chains were required on all vehicles except autos and trucks with snow tires. The Camry was equipped with mud and snow tires. However, the tires did not have the required 6/32-inch tread depth necessary to exempt the car from chain restrictions. The car was therefore required to have chains on its drive tires, but it did not. Caltrans was actively plowing the road, but the plow truck had not been through the area for a prolonged period of time. As the sedan began to climb a moderate hill, the tires lost traction with the roadway. The Camry started to slide towards the north shoulder. Werstler tried to regain control of the car. The vehicle began to spin in the other direction and skidded off of the road. The Camry careened across the south dirt shoulder and went over a steep embankment. As it descended, the front of the car collided head-on with a small pine tree. The Camry uprooted the tree and pushed it over. The left front corner of the car hit the side of a very large pine. The Camry came to rest facing south, partially down the embankment on the south side of the highway. Werstler was able to get out of the Toyota and help her passenger out. A passerby known to the driver, happened upon the scene within just a few minutes and called 911. The driver and her passenger waited in the passerby's vehicle until CHP arrived. Both Werstler and her passenger had been properly restrained. Neither one was hurt during the collision. she was booked for embezzlement and then released from the correctional facility and put on administrative leave. The case will be forwarded to the Plumas County District Attorney's Office for review. The investigation into the thefts is ongoing. Spinout, Jan. 2 It was about 12:30 p.m. Martin White, 54, of Chico, was driving a 2002 green Ford F-250 westbound on Highway 70. His stated speed was 30 mph. East of Greenhorn Ranch Road, White approached a vehicle in front of him. He downshifted, causing the engine/transmission combo to act as a brake. With the sudden slowdown, White lost control of the truck. The F-250 crossed over onto the north shoulder and struck the steel and wood post gnardrail. This impact sent the vehicle into a counter clockwise spin. The Ford crossed back over the westbound lane and into the eastbound lane. The truck slid onto the south shoulder where the right side of the vehicle struck a small tree. The Ford came to rest on its wheels facing east on the south shoulder of the highway. Both the driver and his passenger had been wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. No one was injured. DUI, Jan. 2 Road conditions were snowy and icy that evening. It was approximately 9:05 p.m. Molly Millikin, 35, of Meadow Valley, was driving her 2005 BMW X3 eastbound on Bucks Lake Road. Her stated speed was 40 mph. Terrea Vancleve, 52, of Quincy, was driving her 1996 Chevrolet Blazer westbound on Bucks Lake Road. She was approaching the BMW at a stated speed of 10 mph. East of Slate Creek Road, Millikin failed to stay in her lane and collided head-on into the Chevrolet. Both parties were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. Vancleve was unhurt. Millikin sustained minor injuries. She was arrested for suspicion of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs. Spinout due to speed, Jan. 2 At about 10 p.m., Benjamin Mullen Jr., 43, of Greenville, was driving his 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 southbound on Highway 89. Weather conditions were a cold mix of rain and snow. At the top of the Crescent Grade, Mullen attempted to negotiate a slight left to right curve in the roadway. According to the CHP report, Mullen's speed was unsafe. The back end of the Dodge lost traction with the road. The Ram rotated clockwise across both lanes of traffic. The truck slid onto the east shoulder and down the steep descending embankment. Mullen had been wearing his seat belt and exited the vehicle uninjured. Over the edge and into the creek, Jan. 3 James Renfree, 39, of Greenville, was driving his 1972 Chevy pickup westbound on Highway 70. Just west of Butterfly Valley Road, l~is stated speed was 40 mph. He was carrying one passenger. Road conditions were snowy and icy. It was about 7:42 p.m. The CHP report stated that due to unsafe speed on the snow-covered roadway, Renfree allowed his Chevy to leave the westbound lane of the highway and travel onto the north snow-covered shoulder. The pickup continued across the northbound shoulder and traveled down a steep dirt embankment. The truck came to rest on its roof, partially submerged in a creek. Neither Renfree nor his passenger had been wearing a seat belt at the time. The driver and his passenger were able to exit out of the passenger front window. Renfree crawled up to the road, where he was met by a passing CHP unit. Both parties were transported via Careflight Ground to Plumas District Hospital in Quincy fOr medical care. Renfree sustained moderate injuries. His passenger required treatment for major injuries. Non-injury accident, Jan. 5 The weather was cold, wet and cloudy. R-1 modified chain controls were in effect and both vehicles involved were equipped with newer mud and snow-rated tires. Kevin Ellison, 51, of Reno, was driving a 2006 Dodge westbound on Highway 70. East of New Street, he slowed to make a left turn into a driveway. Zach Harger, 31, of Reno, was driving a 1993 Ford westbound behind the Dodge. As Ellison was turning left, Harger crossed the double yellow divider to pass, utilizing the eastbound lane. The left front of the Dodge struck the right side of the Ford. All drivers and passengers were wearing seat belts. No injuries were sustained from this collision. Slippery roadway, Jan. 5 At about 4:05 p.m., Sophia Kissin, 26, of Crescent Mills, was driving her 2003 Mazda Prot6g6 southbound on Highway 89. This accident occurred north of the Greenvfle Wye. Kissin was negotiating a / DIAMq Your best source for top-quality cannabis discreetly delif, ered We specialize in discreet delivery (916) 584-2389 I I I I I Visit us at www.PlumasCannabis.com Email at KeepPlumasGreen@gmail.com Now on WeedMaps.com \ Anderlini & McSweeney LLP Terry Anderlini is a Northern California Super Lawyer, a Martindale-Hubbell AV rated attorney and Past President of the State Bar of Califomia. We specialize in litigation including wild fire litigation and serious personal injury cases. or your construction needs Local References Call 650-212-0001 and ask for Terry Anderlini or Chris Andersen tanderlini@amlawoffice.com candersen@amlawoffice.com left curve when her vehicle started to slide on the icy roadway. The driver was unable to maintain control of the car. The Mazda straightened out the curve and traveled onto the west shoulder. It hit a Caltrans sign and came to a stop, stuck in the snow on the west shoulder. Kissin was wearing her seat belt and was unhurt. Faulty lug nuts, Jan. 5 At about 10:50 p.m., T. Abernathy, 46, of Susanville, was driving a 2002 Toyota northbound on US-395. Weather conditions were cold and clear. The roadway was icy. The driver was at the Pozzolan Corporation Plant when, for reasons unknown, the lug nuts of the front left wheel backed themselves off the studs and the front left wheel came offthe hub. Abernathy was able to veer to the east shoulder of US-395 and bring the Toyota safely to a stop. Abernathy and a passenger were both wearing seat belts at the time. No one was injured. On embankment, Jan. 6 At 9:35 p.m., J. Boyd, 52, of Elk Grove, was driving his 2011 Toyota Tundra southbound on Hwy. 89 just north of County Road A14, His speed was approximately 45 mph. For unknown reasons, Boyd allowed the vehicle to drift off the west road edge and onto a descending, snow-covered embankment. Boyd attempted to correct the path of the Toyota, but was unable to do SO. The front of the Toyota struck a radar speed sign, a roadway reflector post, a County Road A14 sign and a Plumas-Eureka State Park sign, before coming to a stop on the embankment. Boyd suffered no injuries as a result of this collision. Single-car accident, Jan. 7 This incident occurred on US-395 at approximately 3 a.m. Steven Moss, 61, of Doyle, was driving a 2001 Ford northbound, in the number 2 lane. He was south of Country Lane. Moss was distracted with his thoughts and steered off of the dry roadway and onto the ice and snow covered east An Invisalign provider Gregory Sawyer, DDS Family Dentistry & Orthodontics We welcome children & patients of all ages Orthodontics EmergencY Service Head & Neck Pain (TMJ Disorders) Wisdom Teeth Extractions Cosmetic Dentistry Gentle Care Crowns/Bridges Endodontics (530) 283-2811 2034 East Main St., Quincy (across from Polka Dot in East Quincy) Tues-Fri: 9am-4pm A Professional shoulder. As the rear wheels of the Ford began to lose traction, Moss aggressively applied his brakes. He lost control of the vehicle. The Ford spun out of control. It slid back across the highway and overturned within the center divider. The driver was wearing his seat belt and was not ejected or injured from the collision. Slushy conditions, Jan. 7 At approximately 8:15 a.m., Michelle R. Bean, 52, of Oroville, was driving her green 1995 Nissan Quest eastbound on Hwy. 70 approaching Bucks Power House Road at a stated speed of 25 mph. There was a snowstorm at tlae time and HWY. 70 had a covering of snow on it with water underneath, creating very slushy conditions. There were no chain controls in effect at the time and a Caltrans plow truck had just passed by Bean heading westbound plowing the roadway. The eastbound lane had not been plowed yet. Bean had just decided to turn around and go back home (forfeiting her trip) as soon as she could see a safe place to turn around. Before she got to Bucks Powerhouse Road, the Quest's tires lost traction in the slush and began hydroplaning. The Quest slid out of the eastbound lane, across the westbound lane and went off of the roadway and onto the north dirt shoulder. The left front corner of the Quest impacted with a rock outcropping on the mountainside on the north shoulder. The Quest then continued traveling east on the north shoulder (in a ditch) and the left side tires hit a large rock in the ditch, puncturing both tires. The Quest came to rest facing east, blocking the westbound lane. Caltrans came back to the scene and assisted in moving the Quest , out of the roadway and into a wide turnout at Storrie. Bean then waited there for CHP arrival. Bean had been wearing her seatbelt and was not injured during the collision. 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