3R motorist rocks out
Any vehicle accident is annoying at the least, or at most, a tragedy that can haunt survivors for a lifetime. The accident that occurred on Monday, August 24 after dark was annoying but there were no injuries; just a big repair or salvage job for someone. News Briefs: 3R motorist
The incident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. when Nico Gurrola, a Three Rivers kid in his twenties, was driving his late-model Dodge Challenger down canyon westbound on Highway 198. As he attempted to make a lefthand turn on to Old Three Rivers Drive, Nico said he was blinded by oncoming traffic.
After committing to making the turn, a deer suddenly darted out in front of his car. Instead of completing the turn, Nico ended up short of the roadway and, after running down a 12-foot embankment, came to rest atop a large boulder. News Briefs: 3R motorist
Nico wasn’t injured and was able to climb out a door that still opened and scramble up the embankment back up to the roadway. So what are the options when you find yourself in a wreck where there are no injuries and the damage done is to your vehicle?
According to officer Mike McWayne, of the Visalia CHP, you are not required to notify the CHP. If you leave the scene, the vehicle must be safely off the roadway. The majority of these late-night accidents involve DUI so leaving the scene can save a life changing event but maybe it’s a lesson needed to keep another drunk driver off the road. There was no evidence, in this recent crash, that Nico was drinking.
The removal of the Challenger from its landing spot was problematic. A flat bed tow truck was useless as that would have caused more damage dragging it across several rocks. Finally, on that Tuesday afternoon, a crane with a hoist was used to lift the vehicle up and out. News Briefs: 3R motorist
The driver is responsible for the removal of the crashed vehicle. A note with a promise to promptly return with a tow truck is the proper protocol. Here is where there is a gray area. If you have an insurance policy, the company may require a police report so maybe calling the CHP isn’t such a bad idea after all. By notifying CHP, however, the DMV is also notified and, especially if you are a young driver, may cause that insurance premium to rise.
So the determining factors are how bad is the vehicle damaged and, if it’s repairable, who is going to do the fixing. The majority of motorists elect to let their insurance company handle the repair or salvage. But if you are ever in a solo vehicle crash its important to know the options.
Save the Post Office Saturday
On Saturday, August 22 passing motorists and patrons of the Three Rivers Post Office from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m saw a line of 30 local protestors carrying signs and chanting slogans outside the local post office in the shoulder along Highway 198. The Three Rivers protest was one of more than 800 community demonstrations at post offices across the U.S. as a part of Save the Post Office Saturday. The day of action was organized against controversial changes to mailing operations ordered by President Trump that has concerned citizens and enraged Democrats by slowing mail service, blocking emergency funds, and attempting to cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in ballots— all while acknowledging his intention to restrict how many Americans can vote by mail.
On Save the Post Office Saturday, protestors in small towns like Three Rivers and major cities across all 50 states decried Trump and called for Postmaster General Louis Dejoy, a Republican donor who took his post in June, to resign. This past week DeJoy testified before a Congressional oversight committee that his agency would rollback some of the changes until after the November 3 election. News Briefs: 3R motorist
One of the local protestors said the feds should support the post office with more funding now because this year everyone in California and most everywhere else will receive a mail-in ballot because of the pandemic.
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