On Tuesday, October 20th, the California Highway Patrol released an accident report disclosing the details of a traffic collision that killed one person and left another injured in Sutter County, California. They identified the fatal victim as 54-year-old Becky Marie Hayes, of Gridley.
The accident happened on Friday evening, October 16th, as the two women stood outside a disabled car on Live Oak Boulevard north of Eager Road. The CHP said that the victim traveled in a 2014 Chevy Traverse that suffered a minor injury in a single-vehicle accident at about 7:40 p.m.
Hayes and the other 44-year-old female resident of Gridley stood outside the car, ensuring that two children in the vehicle’s back seat were uninjured. The investigators said the Traverse sat in the southbound lane of Live Oak, facing west across the street.
The women were still outside the car when a 2012 Equinox operated by a 77-year-old Yuba City man traveled towards them on the southbound lane. The CHP said the man failed to see Hayes and the other victim and struck them while attempting to go around the vehicle to the left.
The second woman sustained extensive injuries, and medics transported her to Adventist Health for treatment. The Equinox driver suffered minor wounds, and his 82-year-old passenger was unhurt. One of the children in the Traverse, a 4-year-old girl, sustained moderate injuries.
The investigation into the occurrence is ongoing, and there’s no information about an arrest at this time. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have factored.
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