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Family: Man Dies in Light Pole Crash

Published On: Nov 25 2012 09:45:28 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 25 2012 09:56:32 PM CST
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The family of a Redding man said late Sunday he was pronounced dead at Shasta Regional Medical Center after crashing into a light pole on Hilltop Drive, It is believed he suffered from some sort of heart problem.

Redding Police said 70 year-old Donald Haines was traveling southbound on Hilltop Drive Sunday afternoon when he left the roadway and struck a light pole.

Inside the vehicle at the time was Shirley Omerod, 69, who was uninjured in the crash.

Police said based on Shirley's statements it appeared Don suffered some sort of medical issue just prior to the collision.

Scott Turner said he was watching football with his wife in their home when they heard the truck crash into the light pole at the intersection of Hilltop Drive and Mercedes Lane.

"I came running out here as quick as I could," said Scott.

"Another gentleman and I got him out of the truck and onto the ground and started CPR."

Scott said he and another man performed CPR for several minutes until an off-duty paramedic arrived on scene.

"She's a hero, she took over for me," stated Scott.

The unknown off-duty paramedic continued CPR until an ambulance and fire truck transported Don to the hospital.