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Press Release - UPD Case #23-1920 - Fatal Traffic Collision

Date: 09/17/23
Location: 800 block of Live Oak Ave. Ukiah, CA
Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision
Decedent: 52-year-old male of Ukiah
Involved Party: 48-year-old male of Ukiah

On 09/17/2023, at approximately 5:24 PM, Ukiah Police Officers and Ukiah Valley Fire Authority units were 
dispatched to the area of 800 Live Oak Ave. near the golf course for a single-vehicle traffic collision. Upon 
arrival, Officers discovered that a white Subaru Legacy had collided with a redwood tree on the western border 
of the roadway. The driver, a 52-year-old male of Ukiah, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The passenger, a 48-year-old male of Ukiah, suffered injuries as a result of the collision and was promptly 
transported to Adventist Health Ukiah Valley (AHUV) for medical evaluation and treatment. 

The Police Department is conducting a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident. 
The cause of the collision is currently under review by our dedicated Traffic Collision Officer. Preliminary 
reports suggest that the vehicle appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control before 
colliding with the tree. We ask anyone with information about this incident or who may have witnessed the 
accident to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation by contacting the Ukiah Police Department at 

As the investigation continues, further details will be made available to the public. In the meantime, UPD would 
like to remind the public to exercise safe and defensive driving techniques and to follow the speed limits.

The Ukiah Police Department would like to thank MCSO and UVFA for their assistance with this investigation.

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