A 41-year-old California man lost his life on the morning of Aug. 10 when he drove the wrong way on Alexander Valley Road in a remote part of Sonoma County and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on. The California Highway Patrol say that their investigation into the incident is continuing and alcohol consumption or drug use have not been ruled out as possible contributory factors. The accident took place near Healdsburg at about 10:00 a.m.
According to the CHP, a Kia sedan and a GMC SUV were traveling westbound on Alexander Valley Road at approximately 55 mph when they encountered a Honda sedan that had crossed the center line directly ahead of them shortly after passing Soda Rock Lane. The Indiana man behind the wheel of the SUV was able to avoid a head-on collision, but he was unable to prevent his vehicle from clipping the side of the Honda as it passed. The female driver of the Kia was given even less time to react, and she suffered serious injuries when her sedan struck the Honda.
The driver of the Honda was pronounced deceased by rescue workers when they arrived at the fatal accident scene, and the Kia driver was taken to a hospital in Santa Rosa for treatment. She is expected to recover. The three vehicles involved in the crash were all badly damaged, and Alexander Valley Road was closed to traffic for more than two hours as investigators went about their work and the wrecked vehicles were cleared from the roadway.
Wrong-way accidents often lead to catastrophic damage due to the combined speeds of the vehicles involved, and they frequently claim the lives of the reckless motorists responsible. In these situations, lawsuits may be filed against the negligent driver's estate or auto insurance company by personal injury attorneys seeking compensation for accident victims or families who have lost a loved one.