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Fatal Collision on 99 Over the Weekend

Oct 06, 2023 04:58PM ● By Seti Long

One killed and two others injured in an accident on highway 99 Saturday, September 30th. Photos courtesy of Oroville CHP

BUTTE COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On Saturday, September 30th, California Highway Patrol asked drivers to avoid northbound highway 99 just north of the highway 162 turn off as crews and first responders worked to save lives and reopen the busy road.

A CHP media release reported, “At approximately 11:01 AM, Sierra Miguel, 31, of Arcata, Calif, with child passenger, was driving northbound on SR-99, near Toland Rd., in a black Cadillac Escalade. Based on witness statements and evidence at the scene, Miguel attempted to pass a truck and semi-trailer without sufficient room or clearance. At the same time a blue Honda Accord was traveling southbound on SR-99 within the southbound lane towards Miguel’s location. As a result of Miguel’s unsafe passing and the close proximity of the Escalade, the female driver of the Accord was unable to avoid a collision. As a result, a major head-on collision occurred causing damages and injuries to the involved parties. The female driver of the Honda unfortunately sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. Miguel was transported to a local hospital to be treated for sustained injuries; she’s currently in stable condition. The child passenger was properly secured in a child restraint system and sustained minor to no injuries.”

The report continued, “Miguel is currently under arrest for vehicle manslaughter (192c PC) and is being treated for said injuries. It is unknown at this time if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this collision. This is an ongoing investigation and updates will be provided at a later date and time.”

According to Oroville CHP, “Information regarding the deceased and the minor are being withheld due to confidentiality and proper notification to next of kin. The identity of the deceased will be released through the Butte County Sheriff’s-Coroners’ Office.”