Fatal Ukiah Pedestrian Crash

One person tragically passed away during a Ukiah pedestrian crash that occurred on Sunday, January 19, 2020. According to information reported by California Highway Patrol (CHP), the incident occurred late at night on a local highway and involved one vehicle as well as a pedestrian. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office officials have not yet reported the identity of the fatally injured individual. Additionally, no other people were injured as a result of the collision.

Rancho Cordova Accident on Folsom Boulevard

A January 17 collision in Rancho Cordova caused a major injury to one person. The accident was reported as occurring at about 6:20 in the evening at Folsom Boulevard and Hazel Avenue by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Officers with the CHP say that it appears as if one of the motorists ran a red light, which led to the collision. Eastbound traffic was shut down along Folsom Boulevard from Rudy’s Hideaway while the accident was cleared. 

Deadly Motorcycle Accident in Fairfield

The Fairfield Police Department (FPD) reported that a man tragically passed away during a motorcycle accident in Fairfield on Sunday, January 19, 2020. Authorities of Solano County identified the decedent the following day as 30-year-old Suisun City resident, Justin Wilkinson. The crash involved a motorcycle as well as an SUV and happened during the late afternoon on a major Fairfield highway off-ramp. The crash remains under investigation.

Galt Accident Results in Serious Injury on Off-Ramp

A serious injury occurred in Galt on January 18 when a driver collided with a utility pole at around 4:32 in the morning. The accident happened on the Simmerhorn Road entrance ramp off northbound State Route 99, according to the traffic report by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Police reported that the collision caused the engine of the Toyota Camry the driver was in to separate from the vehicle. The engine ended up in the slow lane. A tow truck was called to remove the vehicle. It was reported that the utility pole sustained minor damage. Emergency responders transported the patient to a nearby hospital to its trauma unit for further evaluation and treatment for a serious injury. The CHP is investigating the accident to determine how it happened.

Pedestrian Injured on Valley Hi Drive in Sacramento

A pedestrian is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle on Valley Hi Drive in Sacramento on January 19. According to the report by the Sacramento Police Department, the accident happened close to Franklin Boulevard at about 5:30 p.m. Emergency responders with the Sacramento Fire Department transported the pedestrian, described as an adult male, to a nearby hospital. The driver that struck the walking man stayed at the accident site and was cooperating with police officers conducting the investigation. Police reported that drunk driving did not appear to be involved in the collision.

Driver Charged With Drunk Driving in Antelope Pedestrian Death

A drunk driver may have caused the death of a pedestrian, age 65, along south Walerga Road in Antelope on January 19, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The pedestrian was identified as a North Highlands resident named George James Xedes. The accident happened around 12:35 in the morning close to Elverta Road as the man was walking on the roadway and was struck by an older Toyota Corolla being driven by a Rocklin man, age 25. The pedestrian was declared deceased by first responders with the Sacramento Fire Department about 10 minutes later.

Fatal Accident in Rancho Cordova

An elderly woman died, and two other family members were critically injured in Rancho Cordova on January 19, 2020, when a suspected drunk driver plowed into their house at the intersection of Georgetown Drive and Coloma Road. The woman who died was said to be in her 80s and passed away at the scene. The other two people who were injured, a woman, 45, and a man in his 50s were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. It was reported that the family was at home watching the football game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers when the accident occurred at around 4:30 p.m. The incident is under investigation by detectives with the Rancho Cordova Police Department and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s office to determine what happened. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has identified the decedent as beloved mother and grandmother, Janice Williams.

Blood-Brain Barrier Leaks After Traumatic Head Injury

A motor vehicle accident can result in some form of traumatic head injury from concussions to life-changing events. However, a new study suggests that damage to the protective layer surrounding the brain can happen even without suffering a concussion. The study was conducted using adult and adolescent athletes and published recently in the Journal of Neurotrauma. The study, by researchers at Ben-Gurion Hospital, Stanford University, and Dublin’s Trinity College, showed damage to the blood-brain barrier that occurred even with a mild TBI. The main job of the blood-brain barrier is to keep infectious agents and toxins out of the brain. Damage to this area could increase the risk of toxins and pathogens entering the brain. 

Injuries Occur in an Elk Grove Multiple-Vehicle Accident

On January 17, 2020, a multiple-vehicle accident occurred along southbound State Route 99 in Elk Grove that injured several people. The accident was reported by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as occurring around 5:41 p.m. just north of the Bradshaw Road exit ramp. Vehicles involved included a Chrysler and Honda, as well as two other unidentified cars. It was reported that the front-end of one vehicle was damaged and another sustained damage to its rear-end. The number one and two lanes of the highway remained blocked as responders with the Sacramento Fire Department assessed injuries to those involved in the crash.

NHTSA Asked to Investigate Telsa Sudden Acceleration

Numerous complaints about problems with sudden acceleration in Tesla vehicles have been sent to the National Highway Traffic Administration, asking the agency to investigate the issue. The petition sent to the NHTSA numbers 500,000 complaints of incidents of sudden acceleration when the driver is attempting to park at the curb or in a garage. Other complaints claim the Tesla suddenly accelerated in traffic or while using the system for driver assistance, which caused crashes.