Michael Koroma Severely Injured in 4 Car Crash in Lower Lake
LOWER LAKE, CA (January 3, 2019) – Michael Koroma was struck and seriously injured by a car following a four vehicle chain-reaction crash on Highway 53.
According to the California Highway Patrol’s Clear Lake Area office, the accident was reported just before 1:00 p.m. on Highway 53, just south of Anderson Ranch Parkway.
Reports stated that 58-year-old Michael Koroma of Ukiah had stopped his 2006 Mitsubishi Montero in the northbound No.1 lane of Highway 53 due to moderate traffic conditions. A woman driving a 2012 Ford Fusion, identified as 24-year-old Kayla Farr of Hidden Valley Lake, was a short distance south of Koroma behind a large vehicle which was obstrucking her view ahead.
The larger, unidentified vehicle ahead of Farr noticed that Koroma’s car had stopped, which caused it to abruptly swerve to the right to avoid crashing into him. However, this left Farr with little time to react. She applied the brakes to try to stop a rear-end collision.
48-year-old Tricia Snider of Hidden Valley Lake was driving a 2009 Ford Focus directly behind Farr. Due to the quick change in traffic, Snider was unable to avoid the vehicles ahead and crashed into the read of Farr’s car. After impact, Farr’s car was pushed off the road and along the left side of Koroma’s vehicle.
Unfortunately, Koroma had exited his car right as Farr’s vehicle was pushed off the road and was struck by the car as it passed.
After pushing Farr’s car off the road, Snider’s vehicle then crashed into the read of Koroma’s car. The car driving directly behind Snider, identified as 33-year-old Charleen Long of Lower Lake, was the fourth vehicle involved. Long was unable to stop in time and crashed into Snider’s car.
Koroma suffered major injuries from the accident. He was airlifted by REACH air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
Farr and Long were also injured in the accident, however police reported that they suffered minor injuries. Snider was uninjured.
All three other victims, excluding Koroma who was hit by the car, were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. At this time, neither drugs nor alcohol are possible factors that lead to the crash, according to police.
CHP stated that all northbound lanes of Highway 53 were closed for an hour due to the debris from the crash.
Whenever you are driving behind the wheel, make sure to keep a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. By doing so you can avoid any impacts between yourself and other cars.
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