Fatal collision near Mineral on Hwy 36

The Susanville office of the California Highway Patrol reports a single vehicle incident that left the passenger deceased and the driver with major injuries.

According to the CHP, at approximately 4:38 p.m. on June 9, a white Lincoln MKZ was traveling westbound on SR-36 west of Mineral. For unknown reasons the driver, Rick Lizotte, 62, of Los Molinos, failed to negotiate a slight curve in the roadway and struck a large tree. He was flown to Mercy Medical Center with major injuries. His female passenger (name pending coroner notification),  60, of Los Molinos was pronounced deceased on scene.

This collision is currently under investigation.