January 26, 2011 11:30a.m.
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE
On January 20, 2011 officers from the Redding Police Department responded to a fatal single vehicle traffic collision involving a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder. The collision occurred on Eastside Rd. south of S. Bonnyview Rd.
Victoria Yell, 34 years of Redding, was found to be the driver of the single vehicle accident and died as a result of the collision.
The investigation into the cause of the collision yielded the following results.
On 1-20-2011 Yell and a juvenile passenger were traveling west on S. Bonnyview Rd. from Churn Creed Rd. At 12:38 p.m. witnesses in the area saw Yell driving the Nissan Pathfinder in a reckless manor. It was reported that the Nissan was tailgating several vehicles and making unsafe lane changes to pass these vehicles. It was also reported that Yell was yelling at other drivers as she was driving.
At 12:41 p.m. the Redding Police Department received the report of the accident involving the same Nissan Pathfinder driven by Yell.
The Nissan Pathfinder was trying to negotiate a right hand curve in the roadway at the same time as trying to pass another vehicle at a high rate of speed. This caused the Nissan to lose control an over correction led the vehicle to turn sideways and begin to over turn ejecting Yell.
Video footage from the Winn River Mini Mart showed the Nissan passing another vehicle on Eastside Rd. It shows the other vehicle braking in an effort to avoid a collision with the Nissan Pathfinder.
From evidence collected at the scene of the collision it was determined that the Nissan Pathfinder was traveling 53 mph at the time of the collision. From witness statements and physical evidence it was determined that Yell was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the collision. The unidentified juvenile passenger was wearing their seatbelt, which probably preventing them from suffering any injuries.
Contact: Ofc. B. Cowan
Redding Police Department
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