Upper Lake man dead after single-vehicle collision near Laytonville
LAYTONVILLE, Calif. - A 61-year-old Upper Lake man was killed in a single-vehicle accident in an unincorporated area of Laytonville Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
On Dec. 17 at around 11:05 a.m., the driver of a 1994 Jeep Wrangler was traveling southbound on Highway 101, north of Valley Drive in Mendocino County, when, for reasons still under investigation, he made an unsafe turn, the CHP said. Officers said the driver, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin, veered left, causing the Jeep to travel across the center divide section of the highway and into oncoming lanes of traffic.
The Jeep continued traveling in a southeasterly direction onto the northbound roadway shoulder and down a descending grass-covered embankment, subsequently colliding into a tree, the CHP said. Officers said the driver died as a result of the crash.
Officials reported that there were no passengers in the Jeep at the time of the collision and no other vehicles were involved. It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, which is still under investigation by the CHP.
"The CHP would like to thank Laytonville Fire Department, Laytonville Cal-Fire and Mendocino County Sheriff's Office for their assistance," the agency said in a press release Monday morning.