Woman Killed Another Seriously Injured After Collision
The crash reportedly happened at 10:00 a.m. on Highway 29 outside of Lakeport on August 26th.
66-year-old Charmaine Garcia was headed northbound in her Jeep Grand Cherokee. On the other hand, an unidentified woman was traveling southbound in a Mazda protégé when she veered into Garcia’s path.
The two vehicles collided head on as a result which led to both lanes being blocked on the highway.
The female driver of the Mazda was pronounced dead at the scene.
Garcia suffered a broken foot as well as broken ribs and was transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital.
Highway 29 was closed until after 1:00 p.m. pending investigation.
Head-on collisions are without a doubt the most dangerous types of crashes. They may only account for 2% of accidents, however they make up 10% of all deadly crashes.
The Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) has found that:
- 75% of head-on crashes happen in rural areas
- They are most common on two-lane highways
- Failure in negotiating a curve on the road causes 23% of all fatal head-on collisions
- 58% of head-on collisions result in a fatality