Death At Yorkville

by AVA News Service, September 9, 2009

A terrible collision on Highway 128 at Yorkville last week took the life of 16-year-old William Landrum Jr.

The young man died Tuesday afternoon, September 1st shortly before 6pm when a Nissan Sentra driven by his mother Rachel Hansen, 36, of Yorkville, traveling at speeds estimated at 55mph, unaccountably crossed into the oncoming traffic lane and into the path of a Chevy Silverado driven by Ian Stewart, 41, of the Breggo Winery, Boonville.

The boy, who'd grown up and attended schools in Windsor, was riding in the passenger seat of the Sentra. He was killed on impact.

The vehicles collided head on – passenger side to passenger side – at a straight stretch of highway at Sharon Meadow Lane, mile marker 40.85. Ms. Hansen was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with major injuries.

The driver of the Silverado, Ian Stewart, was taken to Ukiah Valley Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, which included a broken collarbone.

It is not known why Hansen’s car crossed the double yellow line. That area of Highway 128 is fairly straight and weather conditions and visibility were good.

The impact knocked Ms. Hansen's Nissan onto its roof and into a culvert. Stewart's truck remained on its wheels but was knocked sideways across the road.

Ms. Hansen, westbound, was apparently on her way to visit relatives at the nearby Mathias Ranch when the accident occurred.

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