Deadly Head-On Collision on Highway 104 

Two vehicles collided head-on in Ione, California on Tuesday evening, resulting in the death of one person. 

The accident took place at 5:44 p.m. on January 18th on Highway 104, according to CHP. 

Reports included that a 52-year-old man was traveling westbound in a Honda when he crossed over the double yellow lines, attempting to pass a Ram towing a boat.

The Ram was driven by 29-year-old Kevin Hill, of Sacramento. 

As a result, the Honda collided head-on with an Acura driven by Tori Sandman. The Honda also slammed into Hill’s boat trailer following the head-on crash.

Sandman suffered major injuries as a result and was rushed to Mercy San Juan Medical Center.

Sadly, the Honda driver died at the scene. His identity has yet to be released. 

Further information will be provided once an investigation is concluded. 

Authorities also shut down a portion of Highway 104 in both directions following the accident. 

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

It is also important to remember that in the state of California a person involved in a car accident who has sustained injuries has to file a claim within two years of the accident. 

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