Frank Berry, 40, of Greenville, was driving his parents’ 2004 silver Chevrolet Tracker northbound on Highway 89, north of the Greenville-Wolf Creek Road, at 11:55 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.
According to the California Highway Patrol, he was driving about 35 mph, and at the time there was thin sheet of ice on the roadway. There were no chain controls in effect. The Tracker’s tires lost traction on the icy road and began fishtailing. Berry tried to correct the fishtailing, but the Tracker skidded out of control across both lanes. The vehicle then left the west edge of the roadway and went over a steep embankment.
The Tracker began rolling over and struck three trees and a dirt mound. The vehicle came to rest at the bottom of the embankment, right side up, facing in a southerly direction, with its front end stuck up on a tree stump. Berry exited the vehicle and made his way up to the west shoulder of Highway 89 where a passing motorist had stopped. The motorist drove him back to his Greenville residence.
Berry was wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries.