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Crash Kills Ukiah Man


Crash Kills Ukiah Man

I’m Ed Smith, a Ukiah car accident lawyer. On Friday, July 14, 2017, a collision involving a single vehicle resulted in the death of a man from Ukiah. 

Accident Details

According to information from authorities of the Santa Rosa Police Department, the collision occurred at about 2:15 a.m. near the intersection of Humboldt and Fifth Streets in Santa Rosa. A 25-year-old male resident of Ukiah had reportedly been driving a 2015 Toyota Tacoma when he crashed into the north-facing wall of a local shop.

Santa Rosa Police Department officer Jeff Woods noted that the driver had been seen speeding on College Avenue a short distance east of the intersection of Mendocino Avenue only a few minutes before the fatal collision.

A Fatal Collision

Officers reported that when they arrived at the scene of the collision, they found that the driver had not been wearing a seatbelt and had sustained fatal injuries as a result of the impact. The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 2:24 a.m. Further information about the nature of the man’s injuries were not reported by medical officials.

Pictures of the collision show that the truck collided head-on with the building, causing major damage to the front-end of the vehicle. The damage to the brick building was minimal. Additionally, no other persons or vehicles were involved in this collision.


Authorities are currently investigating this incident in order to learn more about what may have caused the man’s erratic driving. Officers have not indicated whether or not they believe the man to have been under the influence of any drugs or alcoholic drinks.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions result in serious injuries more often than other types of vehicle accidents. The impact of a front-end collision can cause many types of serious injuries including injuries to the head or brain, trauma to the lungs and chest area, heart contusions, and more.

Sometimes, in the event of a head-on collision, those involved will be able to foresee the impact and have time to brace their bodies in order to better absorb shock. However, it is usually the case that a head-on collision happens without warning, leaving those involved with little time to prepare.

Ukiah Collisions

According to data from the University of California at Berkeley, head-on accidents were the sixth most common type of accident to harm drivers in Ukiah from 2011 to 2016. Additionally, the most common type of injury accident in Ukiah has been broadside accidents, with more than 50 injury-causing broadside accidents occurring in Ukiah over the last 5 years.

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Ukiah Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Ukiah car accident lawyer. If you or a person you care about has faced significant injury as the result of a car crash, call me at (707) 564-1900 in order to receive free and friendly advice. I can also be reached, toll-free, at  (800) 404-5400.

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