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Substance Abuse Counselor Hits CHP Car in Bakersfield

August 23, 2011- Jessica Woodward, a former substance abuse counselor was arrested for DUI after crashing into the back of a CHP vehicle on Tuesday night.  The crash happened in Bakersfield, at about 10 PM, in the 1800 block of Gosford Road.

Woodward struck the back of the Highway Patrol car while officers were completing a traffic stop, at Ming Avenue and Gosford Rd. The collision caused the patrol car to hit the stopped vehicle.The two CHP officers, and Woodward were taken to Kern Medical Center with minor injuries after the

April 1 accident in Fresno between a CHP car and pickup truck

On April 1 there was an accident between a CHP vehicle and a pickup truck on Manning Avenue near Golden State Avenue. A CHP officer and two others suffered injuries ranging from minor to moderate. No further details are available at this time. /

January 27 Kingsburg accident injures a CHP officer

On January 27 Garrett Perez, a CHP officer, was injured when his car was hit by a Toyota on Mountain View Avenue near Madsen Avenue in Kingsburg. The patrol car was being driven by CHP officer Gabriel Perez when the two officers went to check on a vehicle fire. Gabriel Perez positioned his car to turn left, when the Toyota came up on his right. He then decided to turn right instead and hit the Toyota. Garrett Perez was taken to Kaiser Permanente where he was treated for minor injuries. /

November 17 Highway 41 accident in Madera County happened on a deadly stretch of road

The accident on Highway 41 in Madera County on November 17 that claimed the lives of two Coarsegold residents happened on what many consider to be a deadly stretch of road. The stretch of road known as Rocky Cut sees 20,000 cars pass through every day. According to Cal Trans traffic on Highway 41 has increased by 70 percent in the last 8 years. That is not only local traffic, but also visitors to Yosemite National Park and Chuckchansi Casino. The Highway Patrol estimates that around 50 people have been killed on the stretch of Highway 41 between Fresno County Line and Yosemite National Park in the last 6 years. Just Last August 3 women were killed in a head on collision that occurred just south of Tuesday's accident. Many claim that the road is safe, it is the drivers who need to be more cautious. Others claim that  it is an "unforgiving roadway." /

Highway 46--Blood Alley upgrade

November 7, 2009--According to the Bakersfield Californian, a section of Highway 46 in Kern County will soon become a 4 lane expressway.  The bad reputation of this roadway dates back to the death of Michelle Phillips in 1999, or even back to the death of actor James Dean in 1955. The Highway 46 widening project will be done in stages.  A ground breaking ceremony will occur on Tuesday at the Lost Hills Park with construction set to begin on November 16, 2009.  The plan is to provide a generous median strip to buffer the opposing lanes of traffic.  However, a similar upgrade to Highway 41 east of Selma resulted in a post-construction fatality when a second stop sign was not provided to force crossing traffic to cross the expressway in 2 stages.  It is our contention that the wide median in that case in part caused another accident and that state design manuals mandated a second stop sign.  Suit was filed in that action by Attorney John Rozier of the law firm of Nelson & Rozier in Visalia in the past couple of months.  Discovery will soon be initiated including the depositions of CHP and Cal Trans personnel.

November 7 LAPD motorcycle crash on I-5

On November 7 an LAPD motorcycle officer crashed with a pickup truck on Interstate 5. The officer, Timothy Kay, was listed in stable condition. Kay was traveling northbound when he hit the left rear of a Chevrolet pickup early Saturday morning. The officer was ejected from the bike. he suffered a broken arm, minor cuts on his forehead along with a major cut on the front of his head. He was treated at the University of Southern California Medical Center. The driver of the pickup was Joel Artesia.

Drunken bicyclists running into trouble

October 30, 2009--In a new twist on an old theme, now driving while peddling is the latest criminal fad.  CHP officers last week began to crackdown on bicyclists who ride while under the influence. 7 citations were issued for just such an offense in Sacramento recently.  Most states including California mandate enforcement of the same rules for bike riders as for car drivers.  The fine is $250 in California.

Head-on collision investigation

October 23, 2009--The recent head-on collision on Highway 46 near Lost Hills in Kern County raises more questions than answers.  Unfortunately the CHP multi-disciplinary accident investigation team (MAIT) report will not likely be completed for several months.  Issues include the roadway design, the speeds of all involved vehicles, including the big rigs that were being passed, lighting and dust or fog issues  and obstructions to visibility or line of sight.  Under normal circumstances, assuming drugs or alcohol were not involved, the combination of the negligence two or more parties may contribute to a collision.

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