Thursday, 29 February 2024

Lakeport crash injures two, including county employee

The black car was seen spinning into the silver Taurus, driven by a county employee. Photo by Howard Holtz.



LAKEPORT – A three-car collision on Wednesday resulted in injuries for those involved, including a county Office of Emergency Services employee.

The crash occurred at about 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of 11th Street and N. Forbes, according to Lakeport Police Lt. Brad Rasmussen.

The first impact was within the intersection, with the second occurring just west of the intersection and N. Forbes, Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen said the Lakeport Police Department wasn't handling the report or investigation, which the city and county had agreed should be turned over to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP could not be reached for comment on the crash on Wednesday afternoon.

City resident Howard Holtz, who witnessed the crash, said a white truck was traveling north on N. Forbes, and either ran the stop sign, or entered the intersection too soon, hitting the back of a black car that had been traveling west on 11 Street.

That first collision spun the black car around and into an oncoming silver Taurus traveling east on 11th, Holtz said. The two cars then dove-tailed onto the sidewalk, with only minor damage to the house caused by the bumper flying into the house.

Holtz said the driver of the black car was uninjured. He said the pickup's driver walked slowly to a stretcher and was taken to the hospital, as was the Taurus' driver, who Holtz said was carefully placed on a stretcher.

Rasmussen said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The Taurus, an unmarked county car, was driven by Jerry Wilson of the county's Office of Emergency Services, which is within the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Rod Mitchell said late Wednesday that Wilson was doing OK. “He's got some minor injuries.”

Rasmussen said the county vehicle sustained significant damage. The black car also appeared to have received serious damage, although the older model Chevrolet pickup appeared OK.

The initial investigation showed no evidence of alcohol or drugs being involved with the cause, Rasmussen said.

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The older pickup was seen crossing the intersection and hitting a black vehicle. Photo by Howard Holtz.

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