Two Identified After Fatal Red Bluff Rollover Crash

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October 22, 2019
Edward Smith

Two Identified After Fatal Red Bluff Rollover Crash

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Tehama County authorities released the identities of two people who passed away in a recent Red Bluff rollover crash. The decedents were identified as 33-year-old Redding woman Kaitlin Schori and 57-year-old Red Bluff woman Kerry Fitzgerald. A GoFundMe page has been created on behalf of Ms. Schori to help cover her final resting expenses.

Accident Details

The accident took place a few days earlier on Sunday, October 13. According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers, the wreck involved one vehicle and injured two additional individuals, including a 3-year-old girl. Police stated that this accident happened at around 4:00 p.m. A 77-year-old Cottonwood man was driving a Polaris Ranger on Vestal Road in Red Bluff. The vehicle was traveling down a large hill when the driver lost control. According to reports, the SUV overturned several times while rolling down the hill, striking a tree during the process.

Responders reaching the crash scene found that the driver had been ejected from the vehicle. The man was placed on a medical helicopter and rushed to the Mercy Medical Center in Redding for treatment of severe trauma. Responders also found three unrestrained individuals in the back of the vehicle. A 3-year-old child was found to have suffered minor injuries during the incident. Tragically, both adult passengers were fatally injured during the crash.


CHP officials have reported that this accident is under active investigation, and officers are attempting to determine what may have caused the driver to lose control of his car. Cases such as this one frequently involve factors like faulty roads or dangerous auto parts that affect a drivers’ ability to safely operate their vehicle.

Rollover Collisions

It’s well documented that rollover accidents are highly dangerous. Data from the NHTSA shows that, although rollover crashes account for only about two percent of US accidents, over ten percent of fatal collisions in the nation involve an overturned vehicle. There are a few key factors that make these crashes so dangerous, but one of the most important is weak vehicle roofs.

When a vehicle overturns, its roof needs to be able to withstand the impact and keep occupants safe. However, auto manufacturers sometimes neglect to ensure that their products are crashworthy, and a weak vehicle roof can leave people with severe injuries. Because companies are expected to sell safe products, auto manufacturers can often be held financially responsible after accidents involving roof crush injuries. Families can seek compensation from negligent parties like auto manufacturers by getting in touch with a local wrongful death lawyer and beginning the process of filing a wrongful death claim.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Red Bluff wrongful death attorney. Learning that a person you love died during a car accident is often devastating. If a collision cost someone you know their life, please call me to receive free, friendly legal advice. I’m available at both (800) 404-5400 and (530) 392-9400.

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