Christopher Barton, 39, of Taylorsville, was driving a 2013 Toyota Tacoma southbound on Highway 89 just south of the Wolf Creek undercrossing at 3:25 p.m. on Feb. 18. It was cloudy and cool with some snow on the roadway.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Barton was driving too fast when traversing a left curve in the roadway. The Toyota’s rear tires lost traction with the roadway and began to fishtail in a southbound direction. Barton was unable to regain control of the Toyota and it crossed from the southbound lane to the east shoulder where it collided with a tree. Barton exited the vehicle and called 911. His passenger, Katherine Trout, 69, also of Taylorsville, was transported to Plumas District Hospital with minor injuries. Both individuals were wearing their safety belts.