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Saturday crash claims woman's life

 

MIDDLETOWN – An elderly Rodeo woman died of injuries she sustained in a Memorial Day weekend crash.


Helen R. Valentine, 85, died at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital after being injured in the crash, which occurred just after 8:30 a.m. Saturday, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Tanguay.


Valentine was riding with Angelo Accurso, 85, of Hidden Valley Lake in his 2001 Toyota Corolla, heading westbound on Hartmann Road. Accurso was stopped at the stop sign at Highway 29 waiting to turn left, Tanguay said.


Vidal Montanez, 51, of Clearlake, was driving his 1998 Ford Windstar northbound on Highway 29 approaching Hartmann Road at approximately 55 miles per hour when Tanguay said Accurso pulled out into the intersection directly in front of the Ford Windstar, which struck the left side of the Toyota Corolla.


Valentine was transported via Cal Star helicopter to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, Tanguay said. Accurso was transported by REACH to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for a broken right hip and other injuries. Montanez was not injured.


Tanguay said the collision is still under investigation by CHP Officer Efrain Cortez.


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