The Appeal-Democrat’s Corning Observer reported that four people were killed in three separate car accidents over the past week.
On Sunday, May 31st, just after 1215 a.m., the driver of a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek lost control of his vehicle along Lake California Drive. The SUV struck a tree and caught fire. The unidentified driver was unable to escape from the burning car.
According to a statement issued by the California Highway Patrol, emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene.
The accident is currently under investigation. Impairment has not been ruled out as an underlying cause of the crash.
The second crash happened on Monday, June 1st, and involved a runaway teen. Authorities say that a 2001 Honda was reported stolen from Rancho Tehama. Minutes later, the stolen vehicle was broadsided at the intersection of Tehama Road and Paskenta Road.
According to the CHP, 26-year-old Daniel Bruno and 13-year-old Emily Henz from Elk Grove took off in the stolen Honda at high speed. While negotiating a turn on Paskenta Road, Bruno lost control of the vehicle and swerved directly into the path of a northbound Ford E250 van. The van collided with the passenger side of the Honda, killing both Bruno and Henz.
Eyewitnesses said that driver of the Ford van did not remain at the scene and got into a white Honda that was not involved in the crash. The CHP is asking the public who may have any information regarding the accident to contact them.
On Tuesday, June 2nd, 40-year-old Phillip Wheeler was traveling along Highway 36E in Tehama County lost control of his vehicle in a single-vehicle crash.
Officials released no further details regarding the crash at the time of the report.