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Culletin, Record; Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 11,2012 3B The California Highway Patrol is investigating whether marijuana played a role in a vehicle accident early Thursday, Jan. 5, that left one Chico resident dead and another injured. Kelly M. Larocca, 37, was driving a 2007 Honda Accord westbound on Highway 70 near Squirrel Creek Road at 4:45 a.m. at an unknown rate of speed in cold, in- termittently icy conditions. Overhead flashing signs were on and advising of icy conditions. While in the first left curve west of the Spring Garden overpass, the Honda started to rotate counterclockwise and rotated off the roadway and onto the south shoulder. While on the south shoul- der, the vehicle was facing south, at or near 90 degrees to the roadway. The Honda left the roadway and dropped approximately 15 feet before hitting the ground and rolling. Larocca and passenger Michael S. Foster, 47, also of Chico, were wearing seat belts. Larocca was pronounced dead at the scene. Foster was transported to Plumas District Hospital, where he was treated for a head injury and abdominal pain. Investigators noticed the odor of burnt marijuana in the Honda. According to the CHP, driver impairment is unknown at this time and is currently beinginvestigated. A Honda Accord sits below Highway 70 near Spring Garden after dropping from the road and rolling Jan. 5. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene; the passenger in the right front seat sustained moderate injuries. Photo courtesy California Highway Patrol PETER M. TALIA Attorney at Law 257-5199 Susanville CliP, from page 2B Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Quincy CHp office at 283-1100. Icy patch, Dec. 30, 2011 At 10:35 p.m., Cynthia Roarty, 55, of San Leandro, was driving a 1998 Ford Expe- dition north on Highway 89 approaching Maidu Trail at approximately 40 - 45 mph. According to the CHP report, the vehicle hit a patch of ice, causing her to lose control and leave the road- way. The vehicle went off the roadway on Highway 89 and into a soft dirt knoll, causing the vehicle to roll when the wheels dug into the soft dirt off the east shoulder. The vehicle came to rest on its left side in an open dirt area facing east. Roarty and her passenger were able to exit the vehicle with the help of fire rescue. Roarty and her passenger were wearing seat belts. The passenger sustained minor injuries to her right elbow. Icy grade, Dec. 31, 2011 At 9:51 a.m., Brian Carl, 62, of Blairsden, was driving a 2005 Jeep Liberty west- bound on Graeagle Johns- ville Road just west of Law and Order policy Information that appears in this column is compiled from the Plumas County Sheriff's Office activity log, the county correctional center's booking log and California Highway Patrol press releases. The Sheriff's Blotter shows initial charges. In some instances the charges may change after the dispatch report. We do not report suspects' names in arrests for public intoxication or drunken driving unless accompanied by another serious charge, such as probation violation, a vehicle accident or anoth- er felony. The fact that someone has been arrested and charged with a crime does not constitute guilt. The case may never appear in court if the district attor- ney determines there is in- sufficient evidence to prose- cute. The fact that someone was involved in an auto- mobile collision does not constitute liability or fault. Minors are named as legal- age drivers at 16, unless they are charged with a crime in conjunction with an incident. The CHP deter- mines whether injuries are characterized as minor, moderate or fatal. Mediated Civil Dispute Resolution Estate Planning and Probate Business Planning and Real Estate Mohawk Highway Road at a stated speed of 35 mph. Carl was beginning to climb a steep ascending grade. He applied the gas in an attempt to maintain his speed. As Carl applied the gas, according to the CHP report, he lost control of the vehicle due to icy conditions on the roadway. The vehicle went across the eastbound lane, over the curb and the left front side of the Jeep hit a rock wall. After colliding with the rock wall, the Jeep spun 180 degrees, at which time the right rear tire struck the asphalt curb. The collision with the curb was so violent that it caused the tire and wheel to be ripped from the rear of the vehicle.-The Jeep came to rest facing southeast, Carl was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. Overturned, Jan. 1 At 1:09 a.m., Jessica west- man, 19, of Quincy, was driving a 2011 Ford Ranger on Bucks Lake Road ap- proaching River Dance Road at approximately 40 mph. According to the CHP report, the vehicle hit a patch of ice, causing Westman to lose control and leave the rbadway The Ranger went off the ~o~th~i,Co~ildL~ o~ the roadway and hit the hillside. The impact caused the vehicle to overturn onto its rooftop. The vehicle came to rest on its roof on the south shoulder of Bucks Lake Road, facing east. Westman was able to exit the vehicle on her own and was transported to Plumas District Hospital in Quincy for minor injuries, including a laceration above her left eye. She was wearing a seat belt. Lost control, Jan. 1 At approximately 4 p.m., Michael Palm, 32, of Green- ville, was driving a 1990 Ford F-150 northbound on Holland Drive heading back to his residence at a stated speed of 25 mph. Palm was approximately one mile north of North Arm Road, and approaching a sharp curve to the left. According to the CHP report, Palm stated that he had a "bi-polar" episode and de- cided to drive the truck as fast as he could around the corner. Palm lost control of the vehicle in the curve and it began fishtailing, The truck continued out of control, exited the curve, then climbed the embank- ment on the east shoulder. 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The next day, he returned to the scene and tried to recover his vehicle, albeit unsuccessfully. Tangled in leash, Jan. 4 At approximately 12:03 p.m., Robert Emmitt Bolton, 62, of Quincy, was riding a Schwinn 10-speed road bike eastbound on Pine Street just west of Third Street in East Quincy. While riding his bicycle, Bolton had his dog tethered to him with the aid of a 15-foot leash. For unknown reasons, according to the CHP report, Bolton's dog wrapped the leash around Bolton and the bicycle several times, causing BoRon to lose his balance and fall off his bike. Bolton struck the ground, suffered a contusion to his right temple and was tem- porarily knocked uncon- scious. A passerby observed Bolton lying in the street and called 911. Emergency services were dispatched to the scene and provided medical aid to Bolton. Bolton was not wearing a helmet. The CHP is currently investigating the accident. School bus, Jan. 6 At approximately 2:52 p.m., Jewdy Lambert, 62, of Crescent Mills, was driving a 2011 Bluebird Plumas County school bus in Quincy from northbound Church Street onto eastbound Jackson Street, at approximately two miles per hour. According to the CHP re- port, as Lambert negotiated the right turn onto Jackson Street, the right rear of the school bus collided with the left rear of a gray Volk- swagen Passat, which was legally parked on the south shoulder of Jackson Street. After the collision, Lambert parked on the east shoulder of Church Street and emer- gency services were dis- patched to the scene. Two passengers com- plained of minor injuries: pain to the right shoulder and pain to the back of the head. The collision is currently being investigated by the CHP. Slid off road, Jan. 7 At approximately 1:20 p.m., Claudine Allison, 81, of Quincy, was driving a 2004 Ford F-150 westbound on Bucks Lake Road just east of Slate Creek.Road. While negotiating a right turn in the roadway, accord- ing to the CHP report, the rear of Allison's vehicle began to slide and rotate in a clockwise manner. The vehicle then left the roadway and rolled down a steep embankment on the north side of the roadway. Allison was wearing a seat belt and sustained a minor laceration to the left side of her head. She exited the vehicle and called the Susanville California High- way Patrol dispatch center. Emergency services were dispatched to the scene and Allison was treated for her injuries. The collision re- mains under investigation at this time. i i Simple enrollment process l/] We handle the details for you! Low fees & monthly payments Convenient class schedules & times Satellite offices available in Portola, Greenville and Chester NEW 11550(c) PROGRAM Get on track for a life that Works for You! We can help you! 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