CHP releases details on three accidents that resulted in some major injuries

The California Highway Patrol released information today on three single-vehicle accidents that occurred Aug. 12-13. Some of the individuals involved sustained major injuries.

Excessive speed in the Canyon

Angelo Yescas, 18, of Rio Lindo, California, was traveling westbound in an Acura TL on Highway 70, just west of the Grizzly Dome Tunnel on Aug. 12 at approximately 9:30 p.m.

According to the CHP, a witness estimated Yescas’ speed just prior to the crash at 80-100 mph. While navigating a right-hand corner, Yescas lost control of the Acura and veered to the right, colliding with a metal guardrail on the north shoulder. The Acura continued out of control across both lanes and collided with a rock/concrete barrier on the south shoulder. The collision with the rock/concrete barrier caused the Acura to overturn onto its roof.

A passerby contacted 911 once in service and the Quincy CHP, Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, and Jarbo Gap Cal-Fire personnel responded to the scene. Several bystanders pulled Yescas from the vehicle and stayed with him until emergency personnel arrived.


Yescas was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision, but still sustained major injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a safe landing zone, where he was then transported by helicopter to Enloe Medical Center for treatment.

Motorcycle into a rock

Kristin Whiteaker, 39, of Yuba City, was riding her 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle, westbound on Highway 70, just west of Soda Creek Road on Aug. 13 at approximately 3 p.m.

According to the CHP, Whiteaker was traversing through a left-hand curve in the roadway and collided into a rock that was in the westbound lane. The collision with the rock caused Whiteaker to drive out of control. The Harley Davidson motorcycle went toward the north shoulder and overturned.

Whiteaker suffered major injuries and was flown to Renown Medical Center. Whiteaker was wearing a Department of Transportation approved helmet at the time of the collision.

E-bike vs. pedestrian


Alejandro Cipriano, 39, of Quincy was riding a Mountain Forest E-bike eastbound on the shoulder of Highway 70, just west of Claremont Drive at an unknown speed on Aug. 13 at approximately 9:10 p.m. Joey Marrero, 29, also of Quincy, was walking eastbound on the roadway’s shoulder, just east of Cipriano’s location.

According to the CHP, due to Cipriano riding his bicycle at a speed unsafe for the conditions (dark lighting, pedestrian traffic in area) he did not see Marrero ahead of him. Cipriano’s bike collided with Marrero from behind and Cipriano was thrown over the handlebars. Cipriano hit his head during the fall.

Both parties moved out of the road to the Valero parking lot, where they contacted 911 and waited for emergency services to arrive. Cipriano was not wearing a helmet at the time of this collision.