The CHP this morning released a report on the fatal accident that killed two adult males, both from Santa Nella, late yesterday afternoon.
The two men, ages 43 and 65, were killed when the 1999 Lincoln Navigator (originally reported as a Toyota Forerunner) they were in ran off the road in the vicinity of Oak Flat Road, about three miles south of Sperry Avenue. The report says the vehicle came to rest on its right side at the base of a 90-foot embankment. The driver had been ejected. The passenger was found in the right front passenger seat. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene.
The report indicates that the Lincoln Navigator was traveling south on Southbound I-5 in the #2 lane (the “slow” lane) at an unknown rate of speed. “For an unknown reason,” the report said, the Navigator drifted to the right. “As the front and rear tires traversed the raised asphalt curb, the driver abruptly applied the brakes while steering the vehicle to the left.” The driver lost control of the vehicle, which traveled partially back into the #2 lane, the report says. The driver then steered the vehicle back to the right. The vehicle traveled onto the shoulder and hit the raised asphalt curb. "As a result," the report said, "the vehicle traveled... down the descending embankment while overturning, at which time the driver… was ejected from the vehicle.” The report indicated that it appeared the driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Whether drugs and/or alcohol were a factor in the accident has yet to be determined.
Names of the victims have been withheld pending notification of the victims’ families.