Tuesday, 28 November 2023

Sunday crash claims two lives

The Sunday crash on Highway 20 near Nice has claimed two lives. Photo by Harold LaBonte.


NICE – Two people injured in a crash that occurred late Sunday morning on Highway 20 in Nice have died, officials reported Monday.

Marguerite Feio, 81, and 86-year-old Arne Nordh, both of Clearlake, died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash, which occurred at 11:55 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer Adam Garcia.

Feio and Nordh were passengers in a 1986 Mercury station wagon driven by 39-year-old Michael Whitfield of Corralitos, Garcia said.

Whitfield, who Garcia said was heading eastbound on Highway 20 at Stokes Avenue, was hit head-on by a 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by 18-year-old Taylor Fales of Red Bluff.

Garcia said Fales, who was driving westbound, drifted into the oncoming lane. Initially, CHP believed that Fales may have fallen asleep at the wheel prior to the collision. She sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

REACH air ambulance transported Feio, Nordh and Whitfield to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Garcia reported.

Feio died later Sunday of her injuries, Garcia said. On Monday, Nordh was reported to have died as well.

Both were wearing their seatbelts when the collision occurred, said Garcia.

Whitfield also sustained major injuries, Garcia said. There was no word on his condition Monday.

Garcia said alcohol is not believed to have been a factor and no arrests have been made at this point.

Officer Brendan Bach is investigating the incident, Garcia said.


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