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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Townhalls attract crowds: Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Sen. Ted Gaines met with constituents in Quincy and Chester during a three-meeting swing through Plumas and Lassen counties.
  • New leader: After nearly three decades, the Plumas County Mental Health Commission has a new leader. Supervisor Kevin Goss was named to replace Hank Eisenmann.
  • Home away from home: As of last week, new homes had been found for all of the patients at Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation and most had already moved.

Chico woman killed in Spring Garden crash

Feather Publishing
1/5/2012

The California Highway Patrol is investigating whether marijuana played a role in a vehicle accident early this morning that left one Chico resident dead and another injured.

Kelly M. Larocca, 37, was driving a 2007 Honda Accord westbound on Highway 70 near Squirre l Creek Road at 4:45 a.m. at an unknown rate of speed in cold, intermittently icy conditions. Overhead flashing signs were on and advising of icy conditions.

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Marijuana may have played a role in the fatal accident near Spring Garden. Photo courtesy of CHP

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 shoulder, 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 being investigated.

 


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