A California Highway Patrol officer and two Live Oak residents were sent to a hospital with minor injuries following a vehicle collision Wednesday night that set a car on fire and closed down Highway 99.
The crash happened around 7:20 p.m. as CHP Officer W. Bowling was driving northbound on the highway in a marked patrol vehicle near Paseo Road in Live Oak, north of Yuba City, according to a CHP press release.
Lucero Topete, 21, was driving directly behind Bowling in a 1997 Toyota 4Runner with a 16-year-old passenger in the car. Bowling attempted to make an enforcement stop on another car, but Topete did not brake in time and struck the officer’s driver’s side door, according to the press release.
Bowling came to a stop on the highway following the collision. Topete kept driving until her car drove off the east side of the highway, collided into a tree and caught on fire, according to the CHP.
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Witnesses at the scene helped both parties involved in the crash until first responders arrived. The officer and the two Live Oak residents were later sent to the Rideout Memorial Hospital’s emergency room. The collision, which closed Highway 99, is still under investigation.
The CHP does not does not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.