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North Market St. Crash Results in Injured Scooter Driver; Arrested Driver Who Ignored Police Barricades

On Wednesday, November 7, at 5:42 p.m. emergency personnel were dispatched to a traffic collision on North Market Street, north of Benton Drive. Redding police officers investigated the collision and learned that Miles Dillon, 24 yrs, of Redding, was driving his Subaru SUV north on North Market Street in the left lane (#1). He decided to change lanes because of slower traffic in front of him. During his lane change to the right lane (#2), he rear-ended a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was driving north on North Market Street in the right lane, on a “scooter-style” motorcycle.

The force of the impact ejected the rider from the motorcycle. The rider was identified as Monica Torres, 45 yrs, of Redding. She suffered multiple fractures and head trauma. She was wearing a non-approved helmet, similar to a bicycle helmet. She was transported to Mercy Medical Center for emergency treatment. Drugs and alcohol are not factors in this collision.

During the course of the investigation, it was necessary to stop traffic from driving north on North Market Street, so emergency workers could provide care to the victim, photograph the scene and mark evidence. A closure was set at the intersection of Benton Drive. Police officers placed marked police vehicles across the lanes and activated their emergency lights. The officers also placed burning road flares across the lanes, indicating a lane closure. Officers on scene were wearing reflectorized apparel and directing drivers to stop. Nathaniel Buntain, 20 yrs, of Redding, suddenly accelerated his vehicle and drove through the closure. He nearly struck a police officer, but was fortunately stopped prior to causing any damage or injuries.

When questioned, Buntain stated he was in a hurry driving to Bethel church, but could offer no reason for disobeying the lane closure. He was arrested and booked into the Shasta County Jail for willfully failing to comply with police officers orders/directions.

During major investigations into crimes or collisions, and to protect lives and property, it is sometimes best to close roadways for brief periods of time. The Redding Police Department would like to thank all drivers who drive with patience and caution during these incidents.

 ~ From Redding Police Department press release.