Tragedy in Shingletown, Shasta County
The Shasta County Coroner's Office revealed the names of two of the three individuals who lost their lives when their SUV collided with a deer and then a tree on Highway 44 on October 31 in Shingletown.
The victims have been identified as Morgan Harvin and Charity Kerstetter, both 43 years old, according to a statement from Lieutenant Tyler Thompson, Deputy Chief Coroner.
The name of a 17-year-old girl who also died in the accident was not disclosed, but it was confirmed that all three individuals were residents of Shingletown, according to Thompson's report.
Both adults and the teenager lost their lives at the scene of the accident, confirmed emergency services.
The tragic incident occurred when two adults, the teenager, and two children were traveling in the westbound lane of Highway 44 around 7:55 p.m. last Tuesday. Their Toyota 4Runner collided with a deer on the road, just east of the intersection of Brush Creek Lane. The SUV then veered to the right and struck a large pine tree, as reported by Sergeant Ken Giordano of the California Highway Patrol on November 1.
So far, the county has not provided any further information about the two children, both under 13 years old, who were seriously injured in the collision. Emergency services transported the children to Mercy Medical Center in Redding, from where they were flown to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento for further treatment, according to Giordano.
The Coroner's Office has scheduled post-mortem examinations for the victims, and the case remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol and the coroner's office, confirmed Thompson.
Location: CA-44 & Brush Creek Lane, Shingletown, CA, USA
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