Gibbs sworn in as undersheriff, acting sheriff

Glenn County Sheriff Richard Warren swore in Sheriff-Elect Justin Gibbs as undersheriff on Monday, Oct. 10. Gibbs will serve in the role of undersheriff and acting sheriff until he officially takes office as Glenn County Sheriff in less than three months. Gibbs is the third person to serve as acting sheriff since Sheriff Warren suffered major injuries in a motorcycle accident on June 26. The first was Undersheriff Jason Dahl and the second was Lt. Travis Goodwin, who early Monday afternoon was still issuing sheriff’s logs as acting sheriff. Gibbs is scheduled to take office as sheriff on Jan. 2.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in 3-vehicle crash

Glenn County Observer

A motorcyclist was flown by helicopter to Enloe Medical Center in Chico for treatment of major injuries following a three-vehicle collision south of Willows Sunday morning.

At about 10:55 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, Marcos Parra, 23, of Williams, was riding a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle south on Highway 99 at an unknown but high rate of speed, approaching County Road 68.

Thomas Cronin, 36, of Redding, was driving a 2019 Toyota Tacoma west on Road 68 and was stopped at the intersection with Highway 99.

David Bianchi, 57, of Sebastopol, was driving 2016 Peterbilt east on Road 68, and was also stopped at the intersection with Highway 99.

As Thomas Cronin and his pickup traveled into the intersection, the front of the Yamaha collided with the right front of the Tacoma.

Marcos Parra and the Yamaha continued in a southwesterly direction and Parra was ejected from the motorcycle, and both collided into a perimeter fence.

The Yamaha caught fire after the crash.

The Tacoma was pushed in a southwesterly direction and collided with the left front of the Peterbilt.

All three vehicles sustained disabling damage and were towed from the scene of the accident.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Shane Roach, Cronin and Bianchi were both wearing their seatbelts and neither of them was injured.

Parra was wearing his helmet incorrectly and it came off during the crash. He suffered major injuries that included an apparent compound fracture to his right leg and major facial injuries.

He was flown to Enloe Medical Center in the Enloe FlightCare helicopter.

Neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be a factor in this accident.

Besides CHP officers, Glenn County Sheriff’s deputies, Willows firefighters, and Enloe medics responded to the crash.

One emergency responder’s uniform pants and skin were contaminated with blood. The pants were discarded and had to be replaced.


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