On December 28, 2015 at US-395 at the Shoe Tree, Robby George, 36, of Orofino, Idaho was driving a Nissan Frontier directly behind TJ Hunt, 24 of Mount Lake Terrace, WA in a Chevy 3500 on a snowy US-395. George failed to realize Hunt was stopped in the lane for a hazard ahead. George hit the brakes but was unsuccessful in stopping. Consequently, George’s Nissan collided with the rear of Hunt’s Chevy. No injuries were reported.
On December 31, 2015 on SR-89 at Calpine Road Beverly Mitchell, 66, of Calpine was driving a 2012 Subaru Forester southbound on SR-89 approaching the intersection with Calpine Road at a speed of 20mph. Jess Martinetti, 61, of Sierraville, was driving his 2005 Toyota Tundra northbound on SR-89 at the intersection of Calpine Road at a speed of 40 mph. Mitchell failed to observe Martinetti driving northbound and began to make a left turn onto Calpine Road. Martinetti observed Mitchell making the left turn and took evasive action to avoid a collision. Martinetti swerved to the right onto Calpine Road and was struck in the left rear by Mitchell. Following the collision both vehicles were removed from the roadway. The cause of this collision is under investigation.
On December 31, 2015, Scott Heavin, 33 of Portola was driving a 2007 Toyota at approximately 4 p.m. and was backing his vehicle in the parking lot of 67007 Highway 70 in Blairsden when his vehicle impacted with a parked vehicle. During the investigation, it was determined Heavin was under the influence at the time of the collision. Heavin was subsequently arrested and booked into Plumas County Jail.
CHP REPORT: On January 1, 2016 Dennis Person, 44 of Quincy was driving a 1997 Polaris 800 driving on US Forest Service land at 2:30 p.m.near Bucks Lake at the stated speed of 40mph when he failed to observe a creek bed directly in front of his location.Person allowed the Polaris to collide with the opposing bank of the creek bed. Person was wearing safety equipment and taken to Plumas District Hospital.
On January 2, 2016 at the snowmobile staging area on Little Truckee Summit, SR-89 Kristy Adkins, 17 of Santa Clara was driving a 2011 Skidoo at approximately 1:30 p.m. preparing to take a snowmobiling tour. Before being instructed to do so she started the vehicle and as Roxane Villeda, 52 of American Canyon, CA walked by her location, the snowmobile moved forward, due to the throttle being activated and the front right ski impacted with Villeda’s right shin. Villeda was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital for medical evaluation and was released with minor injuries.
On January 6, 2016 CHP officers were dispatched to a solo vehicle collision on SR-70 near Old Highway Rd. which involved a Ford F250 driven by Merill Domenichini, 25, of Paradise, CA at approx. 7:05 a.m. Domenichini was going approx. 40 mph per his statement and lost control of the truck around a right hand turn and collided with a dirt embankment and then rolled over, coming to rest on the passenger side of the truck and blocked the westbound lane of SR-70. Domenichini and his passenger, a black lab, were uninjured in the collision. CHP took a report and provided traffic control until the roadway was cleared.
On January 10, 2016 at approximately 1500 hours, a California Highway Patrol Truckee Area Officer observed a disabled vehicle on Interstate 80 westbound, located within the Donner Lake Vista Point. Upon making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, the Officer noticed several spent bullet casings and bullet holes in the body of the vehicle. After a brief discussion with the occupants, the Officer determined that a domestic violence incident had occurred in which the male occupant, Harris Maynard Riddle, of Stockton, CA, had fired several shots from a 9mm pistol into the body of the vehicle. During the assault, one of the rounds struck the female occupant in the leg. The firearm used was recovered in the vehicle, at which time Riddle was arrested for various weapons charges and the attempted homicide of the female victim. The victim was transported to the Tahoe Forest Hospital where she was treated and released for a single gunshot wound to the leg. The scene was secured by members of the California Highway Patrol Truckee Area and Truckee PD. Riddle was booked at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Truckee Jail. The CHP’s Investigative Services Unit and the Multiple Accident Investigation Team will handle the investigation to its conclusion.