Two people are dead after being ejected from a vehicle that veered across two lanes of traffic and overturned several times.
Edward K. Perez, 31, of Port Angeles, Wash., was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe at a high rate of speed while traveling southbound on Interstate 5 north of Lurline Avenue in Williams. As his vehicle drifted onto the right shoulder of the road, Perez steered back towards the left and caused the vehicle to cross both lanes of traffic before returning to the right. As a result, the vehicle overturned multiple times before coming to rest on its roof.
California Highway Patrol officers arrived on scene at approximately 10:50 p.m. and observed the the overturned vehicle, blocking and temporarily shutting down one lane of the interstate.
Perez received moderate injuries in the crash and was transported to Enloe Medical Center for treatment.
One male passenger, 33, and one female passenger, 30, were unrestrained at the time of the collision on ejected from the vehicle. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.
According to a press release issued by the Williams Area CHP, the lack of use of restraints by the passenger of the vehicle played a significant role in the fatal outcome of this collision.
“CHP reminds everyone of the importance of utilizing seat belt safety restraints while traveling in a motor vehicle,” read the release. “It saves lives!”
Responding CHP officers reported that drugs and/or alcohol are believed to be a factor in this collision.