Amador County Accident Fatality
An Amador County accident fatality occurred on the morning of April 1st along Ridge Road, just west of Surrey Junction Lane. A 44-year-old West Point man was driving a 2005 Dodge 3500 pickup truck west along Ridge Road. He approached a section of the roadway that curves to the right for westbound traffic. At the same time, a Sutter Creek man was driving east along Ridge Road in a 2018 Kia Sportage, approaching that same curve. The Dodge reportedly veered over the double solid yellow lines and entered the oncoming traffic lane, colliding with the Kia head-on. The impact of the collision propelled the Kia off the roadway and came to a stop south of the accident scene while the Dodge became disabled in the road and blocked both traffic lanes. Officials said the Dodge driver was uninjured in the car wreck. Sadly, the man driving the Kia succumbed to his injuries at the scene. He has been identified by authorities as 30-year-old Mitchell Hernandez of Sutter Creek. I would like to send my healing thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Mr. Hernandez in their time of loss.