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


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