Motorcyclist injured in head-on

Sheriff’s deputies prevented a photographer for The Observer from approaching the scene of a motorcycle versus Nissan collision early Wednesday morning. This photo was taken between a quarter and half a mile away from the accident. Glenn County Observer photo by Donna Wilder.

Glenn County Observer

A Corning man sustained major injuries when the motorcycle he was riding crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle.

According to a news release issued by the Willows Area Office of the California Highway Patrol, at about 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, Marista Vargas Puga, 45, of Willows, was driving a 2011 Nissan north on Highway 99, north of County Road 30.

She was traveling directly behind a slower vehicle when she moved into the southbound lane in an attempt to pass the vehicle.

At the same time, Stephen Green, 52, of Corning, was driving a 1998 Honda motorcycle south on Highway 99, north of Road 30.

Puga saw oncoming headlights but believed she had enough time to safely pass the slower vehicle.

Green saw the headlights of a vehicle directly in front of him within his lane. He attempted to turn to the right but was struck by the oncoming vehicle.

Puga realized the oncoming vehicle was closer than she believed but was unable to move to the right as she was directly next to vehicle she was attempting to pass.

She then felt the impact.

Green was transported to Enloe Medical Center in Chico as he sustained major injuries. Puga was not injured.

According to CHP Officer Gilliam, Puga was wearing her seatbelts and Green was wearing his helmet.

Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be factors in this crash, and neither driver was arrested.