CHP accident reports

Here are some recent vehicle accident reports, as provided by the Willows area office of the California Highway Patrol.

Friday, Feb. 4:

12:05 a.m., John Ray Brown, 38, of Willows, was driving a 2001 Dodge south on Interstate 5 to the County Road 27 off-ramp at a high rate of speed. Due to the driver’s speed, he was unable to slow or stop his vehicle and proceeded through the intersection, where he traveled off the roadway and collided with a wire fence. Brown reportedly fled the scene on foot prior to the CHP’s arrival. According to Officer Vasquez, Alcohol and/or drugs are believed to have contributed to this accident.

Friday, Feb. 11:

10:20 p.m., Michelle Giesbrecht, 45, of Willows, was driving a 2015 Tesla west on County Road 48, west of County Road P, at about 60 miles per hour. As she traveled, the right side of her vehicle struck an unseen black cow. Following the impact, the cow walked away and did not appear to the driver to be injured. According to Officer Gilliam, Giesbrecht was wearing her seatbelts at the time of the accident and was not injured.

Thursday, Feb. 17:

7 p.m., Kyle McClintock, 56, of Orland, was driving a 1998 Toyota pickup west on Highway 32, west of Highway 45, at an unknown speed. Traffic ahead of McClintock came to a stop for a vehicle waiting to make a left turn onto a private drive. McClintock failed to stop and swerved into the eastbound lane, causing his Toyota to collide head-on with a 2011 Mercedes GL350 driven by James Peterson, 47, of Chico. McClintock was transported with moderate injuries by ambulance to Enloe Medical Center. Peterson experienced pain to his left arm and shoulder. According to Officer DeFrancesco, both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.

Tuesday, Feb. 22:

1:20 p.m., Kathryn Harmer, 72, of Willows, was driving a 2002 Chevy Cavalier east on Highway 162, west of County Road QQ, at about 65 miles per hour. She began to slow in order to make a left turn onto Road QQ. Evan Hutson, 34, of Willows, was driving a 2017 Ford F250 pickup east on Highway 162, approaching Road QQ at about 65 miles per hour. He did not see that traffic directly ahead of him was slowing until it was too late. Once he noticed the slowing traffic, he applied his brakes and tried to avoid a collision, but was unable to do so. The front of the Ford struck the rear of the Chevy. According to Officer Cushman, both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and neither driver was injured.