Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Friday, December 7, five people were injured in a crash near Willits. While traveling southbound on Highway 101 in a green, 1999 Toyota Tacoma, 22-year-old Alyssa Cramer, of Laytonville, rear-ended a red, 2008 Toyota Tacoma that had stopped to wait for traffic to clear before turning left, the impact sending the red Toyota into northbound lanes of traffic, where it was struck by a silver, 2002 Mitsubishi Galant. The driver of the red Toyota, 54-year-old Cynthia Silva, of Ukiah, and two passengers, Carol and Franklin Deuel, both of Willits, sustained moderate trauma. The driver of the Mitsubishi, 26-year-old Crystal Ryan, and her 53-year-old passenger Shellie Tillery, both of Fort Bragg, suffered injuries ranging from moderate to major. Cramer and her passenger, 27-year-old Laytonville resident Adriana Maniaci, were not hurt in the crash.
“When a driver’s negligence causes a crash resulting in injury, he or she may be legally obligated to compensate the victims for their recovery-related expenses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
Motor vehicle crashes claimed the lives of or caused injury to 587 people in Mendocino County in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records. The OTS ranked Mendocino 19th out of 58 counties in a rating system in which 1st place is the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Crystal Ryan, Shellie Tillery, Cynthia Silva, Franklin Deuel, and Carol Deuel, the five people injured in the crash near Willits.
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