A pair of accidents in Chico Thursday morning were connected after a man who witnessed the first crash turned in front of another car just one block away and a short time later.
The first accident happened at around 9:30 a.m. on West First Ave. near Arcadian. The accident involved a 92-year-old man who flipped his SUV in the middle of the street.
Chico police said he was driving the speed limit when witnesses saw him drift to the side of the road, over-correct, then hit a parked pickup truck, rolling the SUV one-and-a-half times.
Witnesses helped the man out of the car and he appeared to only have minor injuries before being taken away by ambulance.
A short time later, a man who had witnessed the first accident in front of his home on West First Ave. was coming back from the store when he turned into the path of another vehicle on West Sacramento and Arcadian, just a block away.
“He had seen the earlier accident a block over near his house and stated he was kind of distracted getting back to his house,” says Officer Mike DiGiordano. “But as he came around that corner—sun shining early in the morning—a little bit of distraction is all it takes. [He] pulled right out in front of a car that he never saw.”
The woman driving the other vehicle said her wrist hurt from where she was hit by the airbag.
Both only suffered minor injuries.
Officers on the scene said the man did not have a valid driver’s license.