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CHP Incident: McKinleyville Man Suffers Major Injuries in Highway 44 Crash

The California Highway Patrol has released details surrounding an early morning crash on Highway 44, near Hog Flat, that sent a McKinleyville man to Renown Medical Center in Reno with Major injuries.

On October 31st, according to the CHP report, just before 3:00a.m., a man identified as 57-year old McKinleyville, California resident Larry Ballew was traveling eastbound on Highway 44 in a 1984 Chevrolet Blazer at an unknown speed.

“For reasons unknown at this time,” explains Public Information Officer Kristen Wilburn, “he allowed his vehicle to cross over the westbound lane and onto the westbound shoulder.”

Ballew then reportedly swerved to the right and crossed over and into the eastbound lane before overturning multiple times.

“Due to Mr. Ballew not wearing his seatbelt, he was ejected from the vehicle,” said Wilburn.

During the ejection he was thrown approximately 25-feet in the air and onto a steep ascending embankment. After landing on the side of the hill, he rolled back down towards the roadway.

A truck driver who came upon the collision called 911 and stayed with Ballew until CHP units arrived.

“During an inventory of Mr. Ballews’ vehicle, a large quantity of Marijuana and Methamphetamine was located, along with two firearms,” said Officer Wilburn.

“The CHP would like to remind everyone once again to wear their seatbelts. Unfortunately, several collisions this year have resulted in major injuries because people chose not to buckle up! Take those few seconds it takes to buckle up and keep yourself and loved ones safe.”

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor


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