By Larry Judkins
Glenn County Observer
On Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol issued a news release regarding the hit and run crash that occurred on Highway 99 on Saturday.
According to the CHP, at about 5:50 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, Barbara Everest, 74, of Orland, was driving a 2009 Toyota Venza SUV south on Highway 99, just north of County Road 24.
An unknown male was driving a 2007 Pontiac G5 south on Highway 99, behind the Toyota.
For an unknown reason, the front of the Pontiac collided with the rear of the Toyota, causing the Toyota to overturn.
Following the collision, the driver of the Pontiac made a U-turn and fled north on Highway 99.
A citizen informed The Observer on Monday that the grandson of the two victims in the Toyota later found a car matching the description of the Pontiac, with damage to its front end, abandoned on County Road E between County Roads 15 and 17.
As reported in The Observer on Sunday, after being struck, the Toyota continued south perhaps a hundred yards or so, overturning and coming to rest on its driver side.
Its two occupants, driver Barbara Everest and her passenger, Joe Everest, 75, of Orland, were stuck inside and had to be extricated by Orland firefighters using the “Jaws of Life.”
The Enloe FlightCare medical helicopter was dispatched to scene of the crash. It landed in the middle of Highway 99, south of the scene, but the Everests were instead transported by ground ambulance to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.
According to CHP Officer Barone, both occupants of the Toyota sustained minor injuries. Barbara Everest’s apparent injuries consisted of pain to her neck and back, and a contusion to her stomach, while Joe Everest’s apparent injuries consisted of lacerations to his scalp and right arm.
Both were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision.
The CHP requests that if anyone has information regarding this case, please contact Officer Barone at 530-934-5424.