Monday Crash on 395 south of Bishop injures 4
by Arnie Palu
February 23, 2016
A two vehicle traffic collision sent four to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital Monday. The collision occurred just prior to 12 noon Monday on highway 395 at Keough’s Hot Springs road.
The California Highway Patrol collision report indicates that 35-year old Big Pine resident Lauren Burek was driving a 1998 Lexus ES300 northbound on highway 395 at Keough’s Hot Springs road. The second vehicle involved was driven by 30-year old Jennifer Berglund of Portola. Two boys, age seven and two were passengers in Berglund’s 2001 Toyota. According to the CHP collision report, “Berglund stated that she observed an animal run onto the roadway in front of her vehicle. She began to slow her vehicle to avoid the animal. Burek failed to see Berglund slowing ahead of her and the fount of her Lexus struck the rear of the Toyota.”
Berglund and the two passengers were transported to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
Lauren Burek, according to the report, “Was placed under arrest for violation of section 23152 of the vehicle code, driving under the influence of alcohol. Burek was treated for her injuries (moderate) at Northern Inyo Hospital.”
The California Highway Patrol notes that anyone who witnessed the collision or observed either of the two involved vehicles just prior to the collision please call the Bishop CHP office.
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Stabbing in Big Pine – Public’s Assistance Requested
Thursday night at approximately 10:40pm Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch received an emergency call requesting an ambulance on Watson Street in Big Pine due to a stabbing. Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and determined that one male subject had been stabbed; the victim was unresponsive and was immediately transported to Northern Inyo Hospital.
Interviews conducted with witnesses at the scene indicated there were three subjects with the victim: Bryce Williams 32-years old from Bishop, Jobe In-the-Woods 27-years old from Big Pine, and Ethan Williams 23-years old from Bishop. Investigators would like to interview these three subjects to determine what occurred.
Additionally, witnesses stated Bryce Williams stole a vehicle prior to deputies arriving on scene. The stolen vehicle is described as a 1998 white Nissan Frontier pick-up truck with the following California plate: 5X07934.
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Bryce Williams, Jobe In-the Woods, and Ethan Williams as well as information on the whereabouts of the stolen truck.
If anyone has any information that could assist Inyo County Sheriff’s Office in this case, you are encouraged to contact us at 760-878-0383.
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Delays will continue through Friday July 10, 2015.
BISHOP – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to inform the traveling public that State Route 168 will have intermittent two hour closures, up to four times a day due to the Cal Tech telescope relocation project.
The highway will be closed due to accommodate the oversized load of the telescopes that are being moved from Cedar Flat to Big Pine. The closures will be intermittent and will last approximately 20 minutes starting at 6:00 am until 3:30 pm.
The traveling public should expect up to two hour delays while traveling along State Route 168. Use an alternate route if possible.
For the latest in highway information please visit Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call our Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).
cover photo courtesy of Caltrans district 9
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