Man dies in Thunderhill Raceway accident

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By Larry Judkins

Glenn County Observer

A Mount Shasta man died Saturday in what the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office describes as a “traffic accident” at Thunderhill Raceway.

The raceway is located seven miles west of Willows on Highway 162.

Although scanner chatter should always be regarded with a degree of skepticism, comments between a sheriff’s deputy and dispatcher indicated the accident occurred on a racetrack.

The accident was reported at 3:22 p.m. on April 23.

It was immediately described as a “possible 11-44” – 11-44 being “cop talk” for fatality or death.

Enloe paramedics reported the time of death at 3:27 p.m.

The deceased was Charles Birimisa of Mount Shasta.

The sheriff’s office listed the following people as “involved parties”: Dr. Ronald Lagro of Mount Shasta; Fred Monroe Beel of Willows; and James Frances Thompson of Cottonwood.

Next of kin, Faioa Lynnette Birimisa of Mount Shasta, was contacted and notified of the death.

The decedent was released to the care of F.D. Sweet and Son Mortuary, Willows.

Deputies arrived conducted a coroner’s investigation, but neither the sheriff’s office nor the California Highway Patrol did an accident report.

The CHP told The Observer on Monday, “The CHP did not take a report at Thunder Hill as it is not our jurisdiction due to it being a private event.”

No news releases came from Thunderhill Raceway, either.

By Larry Judkins

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