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Fatal Traffic Collision on Eureka Way Near Whiskeytown Court

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020     6:20 p.m.

Case Number: 20R009833

On 02/11/2020 at about 2:16 p.m., Redding Police officers were dispatched to an injury traffic collision in the area of Eureka Way and Whiskeytown Court.  Based on driver and witness statements and evidence located at the scene, the driver of a white 2017 Buick caused this collision when she exited a private driveway on the north side of Eureka Way near Whiskeytown Court and attempted to make an eastbound (left-hand) turn onto Eureka Way when she was struck by a white 2017 Volkswagon traveling westbound in the right-hand lane of Eureka Way.  The driver of the Volkswagon, Chelsea Kefalas, age 26 of Redding, was unable to avoid the collision and struck the driver side area of the Buick, causing major damage.

The driver of the Buick, an 85-year-old female, was transported to Mercy Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased.  Her name is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.  Kefalas complained of pain and was not transported to the hospital.  Air bags were deployed in both vehicles and both drivers were wearing seatbelts.  Neither driver was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The investigation of this collision is on-going.


Contact:       Officer Teddy Snyder ID# 145

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 Reviewed By:   Sergeant Montgomery #314