Sutter County Highway Collision Fatally Injures Oroville Man

Sutter County Highway Collision Kills Oroville Resident

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, one person tragically passed away after being injured during a Sutter County highway collision. Local officials have since identified the decedent as a 21-year-old man and Oroville resident but are still withholding his name pending family notification. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), two other people also suffered injuries during the crash. These two were identified as a 29-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman.

Crash Information

CHP reports indicate that the accident happened at around 5:00 a.m. on Highway 99 just south of the small community of Live Oak. A 2000 Honda Accord was driving south on the highway at an undetermined speed approaching Paseo Road. For reasons that are currently not known, the Accord drifted off of the highway, driving onto the western shoulder. After leaving the road, the sedan crashed into a nearby tree. The impact caused the Accord to overturn and roll multiple times. The vehicle reportedly came to a rest on its roof.


Responders were dispatched to the site directly after CHP was notified about the crash. Officers reaching the scene found that the 21-year-old passenger of the vehicle had been severely injured. Tragically, the young man lost his life on-scene. The other passenger was able to exit the vehicle on her own, but the driver needed to be extricated by fire and ambulance staff. Both the driver and surviving passenger were transported to a nearby hospital via ambulance to receive treatment and screening for further injuries.


CHP is currently conducting an investigation in order to find out what factors could have played a role in this deadly crash. So far, officers have not confirmed any causes of the accident. Additionally, officers indicated that none of the vehicle occupants had been wearing seatbelts when the collision occurred.

Single-vehicle auto accidents can happen for a number of reasons and, many times, involve multiple causal factors. Importantly, many of these factors aren’t things that drivers have any ability to control. Such non-driver collision causes can include defective car parts, damaged roads, and more.

Rollovers and Liability

Rollover car accidents tend to cause more severe injuries than most accident types. This happens for a few reasons, but one major reason is that vehicle roofs are poorly designed or improperly built. If the roof of a car isn’t sturdy enough, it can crush when the vehicle overturns, leaving the people inside with serious injuries that otherwise would have been avoided.

With car accidents that involve roof crush trauma, the vehicle manufacturer can often be held responsible as an at-fault party to the crash. This is because auto manufacturers have a duty to make sure their products are safe to drive.

Calling an Attorney

To ensure that you and your loved ones receive the compensation that you are owed for the damages you have suffered, it’s important to reach out to an attorney as soon as you possibly can. An experienced Oroville wrongful death lawyer can help you identify what payments may be available to you and will be able to advise you on your best path toward financial and personal recovery.

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