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Fatal Crash near Bridgeport

Tuesday Head On collision kills one

Highway 395 north of Bridgeport was closed in both directions Tuesday after a fatal crash.  While the investigation continues, the California Highway Patrols initial report is showing the head on collision was the result of a southbound 2015 Nissan Versa crossing the center line into the northbound lane.  The crash remains under investigation.

The CHP accident report.

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at approximately 10:13 P.M., California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bishop Communication Center received a report  of a head on traffic collision on US-395, north of Bridgeport. Upon Arrival, CHP officers located a Nissan Versa, Ford Fusion, and Freightliner box truck blocking both northbound and southbound traffic lanes of US-395.

The driver of the Nissan (Wesley Chen, 26, of Monterey Park) sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. The two passengers in the Nissan(both age 26 of San Diego, and Fremont CA) received major injuries, and were transported via Care Flight to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.

The driver of the Freightliner box truck (46 year old Ronnie Varela of Carson City) sustained minor injuries and will seek his own medical care. The driver and passenger of the Ford Fusion (85 year old Kenneth Bryant, 77 year old Esther Bryant of Gardnerville) were uninjured.

Bridgeport Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Paramedics and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) all responded to the scene to provide assistance. Preliminary information indicates the Nissan Versa crossed the center line of the roadway into the northbound lane, colliding with the Freightliner box truck. The exact sequence of the events and the cause of the collision remain under investigation by the CHP. The Mono County Sheriff-Corner Office is conducting the death investigation.

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3 Dead in Head on Collision

Two Vehicle Collision on 395 Kills 3

Two vehicles collided early Wednesday morning near Ridgecrest killing both drivers and one passenger.  Two additional passengers suffered major injuries.

According to the California Highway Patrol Mojave office the collision occurred just after midnight, at 12:15am Wednesday south of Ridgecrest on highway 395.  A southbound 2002 Volkswagen driven by a 23-year old female from Reno Nevada struck the front of a northbound 2006 Cheverolet driven by a 18-year old female from Ridgecrest.  Both drivers died along with a front seat passenger in the Cheverolet.  The age and residence of the third victim was not released.  Two additional passengers in the Cheverolet a 22-year old female from Bakersfield and a 14-year old female suffered major injuries.  The California Highway Patrol notes that the collision remains under investigation.

UPDATE (4/9/15, 6:30am)
The deceased have been identified by the Kern County Coroner.

DECEDENT’S NAME:  Taylor Kay Marie Warren
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Ridgecrest, CA          AGE: 19 years
TYPE OF CASE: Traffic Fatality

DECEDENT’S NAME:  Myranda Danea Kiaha
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Ridgecrest, CA          AGE: 18 years
TYPE OF CASE: Traffic Fatality

DECEDENT’S NAME:  Erica Leigh Greif
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Reno, NV          AGE: 23 years
TYPE OF CASE: Traffic Fatality

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Vehicle Crashes into Owens River

Sunday Accident ends with Arrest

The Bishop California Highway Patrol office is passing along details from a early morning accident Easter Sunday.  The accident report indicating the single vehicle accident occurring on Owens River Road between Poleta Road and Warm Spring Road.  The Driver, 20-year old Bishop resident Michael Maxey was arrested for felony hit and run and felony child endangerment.  Below is the CHP accident summary.

On 04/05/15 at approximately 1:30 AM, Michael Maxey was driving a vehicle southbound on Owens River Road at a high rate of speed.  As the vehicle entered a sharp curve on the dirt road, the driver was unable to maneuver through the curve and the vehicle left the roadway.  The vehicle overturned before being submerged in the Owens River.  All occupants of the vehicle swam to shore and left the collision scene without notifying authorities.  During the course of the accident investigation, three people were identified as occupants of the vehicle at the time of the collision.  One of the juvenile passengers (age 14 of Ridgecrest, CA)  involved in the collision sustained minor injuries.  The driver was arrested for Felony Hit & Run and Felony Child Endangerment and he was booked into the Inyo County Jail.  Personnel from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Inyo County Sheriff’s Department responded to the collision scene to assist with the incident.

The driver of the vehicle was 20-year old Michael Maxey of Bishop.  The CHP indicates that 18-year old William Armstrong of Bishop was also in the vehicle at the time of the accident.  Armstrong was not injured.  The 14-year old male from Ridgecrest suffered what were described as minor injuries.

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Death Valley Fatal Accident

Saturday Crash Kills Santa Ana Woman

The California Highway Patrol says alcohol was a factor in the Saturday evening crash.  According to the CHP accident report, a 52-year old Santa Ana woman (name being withheld pending notification of next of kin) was driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup southbound on Scotty’s Castle Road.  The report notes that the driver was not wearing a seat belt, and due to “alcohol intoxication” she allowed the truck to leave the roadway, over-correcting the truck leading to the vehicle overturning at minimum of one time.  The driver, the lone occupant of the truck, was ejected sustaining fatal injuries.  The single vehicle accident occurring at 5pm on Saturday, January 17th.

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Fatal Traffic Accident in Mono

Crash in Mono County claims Bridgeport Resident

The California Highway Patrol is passing along details from a single vehicle crash that has claimed the life of a Bridgeport resident.   Press Release from the Bridgeport office of the Highway Patrol:

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, at approximately 5:27 P.M., Mrs. Stephanie Migliore, age 51 of Bridgeport, California, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Savannah, westbound on Twin Lakes Road at an unknown speed. Mrs. Migliore, for unknown reasons allowed her vehicle to drift off of the roadway and onto the dirt shoulder. Once on the shoulder her vehicle overturned and landed on its left side. Mrs. Migliore sustained fatal injuries due to the collision. Rescue personnel from Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Mono County Paramedic Fire/Rescue (Medic 7) and personnel from California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area responded to the scene. The California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area are currently investigating the cause of this collision.

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Traffic Accident Near Lee Vining

CHP arrests driver involved in Friday Collision.

On January 2, 2015, at approximately 11:23 P.M., a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area officer responded to a reported traffic collision which occurred on Picnic Grounds Road east of US-395 near Lee Vining.  Upon arrival, the CHP officer discovered a black 2003, Chevrolet, 2500HD on its side approximately 20 feet off the roadway. The roof of the Chevrolet was collapsed indicating the vehicle had overturned at a high rate of speed.  A child passenger was trapped inside the vehicle.  Lee Vining Fire Department personnel cut structural members of the vehicle to facilitate extraction of the child, who was not injured.
The officer contacted the driver of the Chevrolet and identified him as Mr. Kyle C. Pinizzotto, age 34, of Lee Vining, California.  While conducting the traffic collision investigation, the CHP officer noted Mr. Pinizzotto displayed signs and symptoms of alcohol impairment.  Mr. Pinizzotto was arrested on misdemeanor driving under the influence (DUI) charges and felony child endangerment charges.  Mr. Pinizzotto was released from custody to medical personnel and transported via air ambulance to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada for evaluation and medical treatment.  The Chevrolet was towed for safe keeping.

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Sunday Accident on 395

Single Vehicle Accident Sunday

2014 Bishop Union High School graduate David Gratz suffered major injuries in a Sunday morning accident. The accident occurred just north of Bishop on highway 395.

According to the California Highway Patrols accident report Gratz was traveling northbound on US-395 just south of Sawmill Road. For an unknown reason, Gratz caused or allowed his vehicle to drift to the left, across the center divider and southbound lanes of US-395. The vehicle continued down a dirt embankment where it collided with a barbed wire fence and then into a large tree. Due to the damage sustained to the vehicle during the collision, the roof of the vehicle was removed to assist with extricating Gratz. Gratz was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital where it was determined he would be flown to Renown Medical Center due to the seriousness of his injuries.

The CHP report indicates that personnel from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, Symons Ambulance, Caltrans, and the California Highway Patrol responded to the collision scene and assisted with the incident.

Gratz, age 18, just finished his first semester at California Maritime Academy located in Vallejo, CA.

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25-Year-Old Booked, Faces Felony Charges After High Speed Chase – Inyo County

High Speed Pursuit Ends in the Arrest of 25-Year-Old Suspect

8/11/2014

Sunday afternoon high speed pursuit ends in the arrest of a 25 year old suspect. The California Highway Patrol and Inyo County Sheriffs Department participated in the chase that began at approximately 3:30 Sunday afternoon.
The high speed pursuit began in Olancha, ending in the Poverty Hills area south of Big Pine.
The suspects vehicle crashed. The suspect was not injured.  The Inyo County Sheriffs Department’s web site lists the suspect as 25-year old Evan Robert Furubotten.
Furbotten faces charges of vehicle theft, evading, violating probation, and driving without a license.
According to the highway patrol, the suspect’s vehicle reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Stay tuned with KIBS/KBOV Radio and the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.
UPDATE: 8/12 Official Press Release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, below.

High Speed Pursuit Ends in the Arrest of 25-Year-Old Suspect

http://www.kibskbov.com/high-speed-chase-arrest/

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PRESS RELEASE

August 12, 2014

Contact: Carma Roper, PIO

(760) 878-0395

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On August 10th at about 3:20PM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Ranch House Cafe in Olancha, California on the report of a suspicious subject refusing to leave. The subject was later identified as Evan Robert Furubotten, a 25-year old man from Quartz Hill, California.

While Sheriff’s Deputies were in route, dispatch advised that the subject left and was heading northbound on U.S. Highway 395 in a white Toyota sedan, and that the vehicle had been reported stolen.

Deputies located the vehicle on northbound U.S. Highway 395 at Cottonwood Road and attempted to initiate an enforcement stop. Furubotten failed to yield and proceeded northbound at a high rate of speed. Deputies pursued Furubotten to just south of Lone Pine, but due to the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic the pursuit was terminated.

Furubotten was located just north of Lone Pine and Deputies resumed the pursuit. Furubotten continued to flee at high speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

The pursuit was turned over to the California Highway Patrol and Deputies continued to assist as secondary units. Spike Strips were positioned on Highway 395 near Fish Springs Road. As Furubotten approached the area of Fish Springs Road he swerved towards an Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy nearly colliding with the patrol unit; Furubotten collided with a concrete barrier and the vehicle went off the east side of Highway 395.

After exiting the vehicle he was taken into custody at gun point without further incident. Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Furubotten for 10851(a) VC vehicle theft, 2800.2(a) VC, evading without regard for public safety, 245(a)(1) PC assault with a deadly weapon, 3056 PC violation of parole, 496(a) PC possession of stolen property, 12500 VC driving without a license.

Furubotten was booked at the Inyo County Jail for the above listed charges.

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