Patrick Herbstritt Dead, Francisco Rodriguez and Reyna Rodriguez Uninjured in Freightliner Crash on Highway 101 Near Shimmins Ridge Road
WILLITS, CA (March 14, 2019) – A 38-year-old man died in a crash with a Freightliner on Highway 101 near Shimmins Ridge Road Monday night.
The fatal collision happened just north of Shimmins Ridge Road.
According to a preliminary investigation, a 1998 Saturn sedan driven by 38-year-old Patrick Herbstritt veered into the northbound lanes from the southbound lanes for unknown reasons. The Saturn subsequently struck a guardrail and then collided with a 2011 Freightliner, driven by 29-year-old Francisco Rodriguez.
According to reports, Herbstritt, of Laytonville, died at the scene. Two children inside the Saturn, ages 3 and 5, also suffered major injuries. Paramedics airlifted both juveniles to UC Davis with major injuries.
Rodriguez, his 8-year-old child and his wife Reyna Rodriguez – all from Madera – escaped the accident unharmed.
At this point, California Highway Patrol has no evidence leading them to believe that intoxication played a role. However, an investigation of the 11:51 p.m. crash is underway.
Our hearts break for the family and friends of Patrick Herbstritt. We’d like to wish you our support and thoughts of strength as you grieve.
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