Oakland man with major injuries flown to hospital after Ukiah car crash


UKIAH, Calif. - An Oakland man was flown to a Santa Rosa hospital with major injuries after being thrown from his car during a single-vehicle accident in Ukiah on Monday, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). 

On Dec. 18 at around 3:10 p.m., 44-year-old Donald A. Cornell of Oakland, Calif. was driving eastbound in a 1989 Mazda on State Route 253 at a high rate of speed, according to the CHP. Cornell incorrectly negotiated a curve on the roadway, which caused his car to travel down a steep embankment and strike a wire fence before flipping over multiple times. The CHP said his car finally came to rest after hitting a redwood tree. 

During the collision, Cornell was ejected from his car and landed approximately 100 feet from where his vehicle came to rest, the CHP said. He was treated on-scene by paramedics and firefighting crews. He was then life-flighted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital by Cal-Star.

The CHP said personnel from the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, Verhi-Health, Cal Trans and Cal Star worked in collaboration to render aid to Cornell. 

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