Recent reports indicate a rise in fatal accidents in Siskiyou County. Most recently, 45 year old Robert W. Downey from Weed was killed in an accident north of Country Club Drive. The victim was driving a 1996 Jeep northbound on Big Springs Road when he lost control, causing the vehicle to roll twice and go over the edge on the western side. According to police reports, investigations revealed that the driver did not engage his seatbelt.

55 year old injured as vehicle crashes down embankment
California Highway Patrol reported another major accident in Yreka in Siskiyou County in which 55 year old Elaine Meakin of Fort Jones was seriously injured. According to the CHP, the accident took place while she was travelling southbound on Highway 3 in a 1997 Ford Taurus.
Meakin suddenly veered to the right and lost control, causing the vehicle to go down a 150 feet embankment. She was ejected from the driver’s seat when the car came to a halt. Following the crash, Meakin was rushed to Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka.
Trial for 2010 Central California crash underway
In other news, the trial to determine the cause of a Central California crash in July 2010 involving an SUV and Greyhound bus recently got underway. The accident resulted in the death of six people. 18 year old Sylvia Garay was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet TrailBlazer which overturned on Highway 99 in Fresno, killing her and two other passengers along with the driver of the Greyhound bus and two of its passengers.
Accident attorneys for Garay’s family argued that James Jewett, the driver of the Greyhound, was at fault as he was not wearing his glasses. They also alleged he was speeding while the bus’s brakes were faulty. The attorneys for the Garay family also contested the CHP’s findings that Garay was behind the wheel at the time of the accident, and told the jury that the family only wanted justice, not sympathy.
A text-book drunk driving case?
On the other hand, the accident attorney for Greyhound refuted all allegations. According to the attorney, the driver was wearing glasses while the bus’s brakes were certified to be in decent condition. Greyhound has filed a counter suit against the Garay’s with their attorney alleging that the 18 year old terming the accident as a textbook drunk driving accident.
Why would he not be wearing his glasses? How would Garay’s family know this? Jewett may not have been wearing his seat belt because how could the driver in such a massive vehicle be killed?
The attorney in her arguments also mentioned that Garay’s mother was responsible for lending the SUV to her daughter. The trial is expected to last several weeks with a number of witnesses, including the bus passengers that survived the accident, expected to testify.
Weed Siskiyou County accident attorneys say that thousands of residents in the state are seriously injured very year due to alcohol or drug related road accidents. Victims and their family are advised to seek immediate legal counsel to know their rights. This includes anyone who may not be at fault but could be falsely accused of causing an accident.

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