On August 8, 2019 at approximately 1422 hours, Jose Avelar Rivas, 40, of Portola was driving a 2007 Toyota northbound on Beckwourth Calpine Road (County Road A23) approaching Calpine Road. Passengers included Rolando Orellan, 38 of Las Vegas, NV and Kenia Bautista, 43 of Portola and two juveniles of Portola, ages 13 and 4. The vehicle drifted onto the northbound shoulder at which point Rivas attempted to steer back onto the roadway. He overcorrected and lost control as the vehicle veered into the southbound lane and then swerved back across the northbound lane and onto the northbound shoulder. The vehicle collided with a fence and overturned, eventually coming to rest on its roof.
It does not appear that any occupants were utilizing proper restraints and multiple occupants were ejected during the collision. Two occupants were transported to Renown Medical Center by air ambulance and an additional two occupants were transported to Renown Medical Center by ground ambulance. The young female juvenile was medically evaluated at the scene and released to a family member who had responded to the scene.
Rivas as subsequently determined to be driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and arrested at the scene, but was released to medical personnel at Renown for medical care due to his known and suspected injuries.