CORNING, Calif. – Last Sunday evening police responded to a report of shots fired only to find the mangled remnants of a vehicle that had slammed into a power pole, snapping it off at its base, then hitting an olive tree before rolling over. A 16-year-old male passenger suffered a critical head injury and was airlifted to Enloe Medical Center in Chico where a coma was induced. The continuing status of the young man is unknown.
According to the Red Bluff Daily News the vehicle was traveling down Oren Avenue between Hoag Road and Corona Avenue when it failed to stop at the stop sign, crossed Hoag, and crashed into the pole. The driver was a 40-year-old Corning man. Two 15-year-old females were also injured in the crash and they were subsequently treated and released.
Witnesses told of seeing the vehicle traveling at 80-90 mph moments before the crash. Blood was drawn from the driver for drug and alcohol testing, but the cause of the crash is still under investigation.