News Briefs: 3R motorist on the rocks, Save the Post Office Saturday

 

News Briefs: 3R motorist
A standard tow truck could not drag the Dodge Challenger off its rocky perch so a crane with a hoist was used. The accident occurred after dark on Monday, August 24 at the intersection of Old Three Rivers Drive and Highway 198.

 

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. 

 

News Briefs: 3R motorist
There were no injuries in the solo vehicle accident. The Dodge Challenger came to a stop on a rocky perch making its recovery improbable for a standard tow truck without doing more damage to the otherwise unscratched vehicle.

 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.  

 

Return to the front page.


   

10 thoughts on “News Briefs: 3R motorist on the rocks, Save the Post Office Saturday

  • August 28, 2020 at 7:29 am
    Permalink

    Don’t forget to use the feedback feature when you get a receipt at the post office. We are lucky to have such good people working in Three Rivers!

    Reply
    • August 28, 2020 at 10:36 am
      Permalink

      Thanks for the good reminder!

      Reply
  • August 28, 2020 at 7:40 am
    Permalink

    Didn’t see any protests when the Obama administration removed more than 12,000. Selective outrage is a bit shallow.

    Reply
    • August 28, 2020 at 5:02 pm
      Permalink

      There wasn’t a pandemic!!!!

      Reply
    • August 28, 2020 at 5:51 pm
      Permalink

      He didn’t do it to cheat us out of voting during a pandemic of his own making. Just sayin’…

      Reply
  • August 28, 2020 at 10:09 am
    Permalink

    Thank you all for speaking out.
    Beautiful new stamps this week. Support the post office and the employees !! We love our local post offices, drivers, and employees.

    Reply
  • August 28, 2020 at 1:44 pm
    Permalink

    can anyone remember the las time they saw a blue USPS box other than at a post office?

    Reply
  • August 28, 2020 at 4:45 pm
    Permalink

    And aren’t we fortunate to live in a country where we can still voice our outrage

    Reply
  • August 29, 2020 at 8:49 am
    Permalink

    I sent a letter to my mom a few hundred miles from 3R and it took 2 weeks to arrive.

    I’m of the opinion that ‘Forever’ on stamps pertains more to the delivery time than anything else.

    To put things in perspective, it only took 10 days for a letter to arrive from St. Joseph Mo to San Francisco in 1860 via the Pony Express.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.