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A small private plane has crashed at Manchester State Park on the Mendocino Coast around 7 miles north of Point Arena but both people inside are said to be OK. Cal Fire says around 11am the single-engine Cessna 180 apparently ran out of gas and the pilot tried to land it on the beach but it flipped over as it hit the ground. Redwood Coast volunteer and Cal Fire firefighters and a Coast Life Support ambulance all responded to help. The Press Democrat reports a medical helicopter was requested but the crew declined to fly due to the weather.

A second person has died as the result of a head-on crash last Friday on North State Street in Ukiah. A Rohnert Park man has confirmed to the Ukiah Daily Journal that his brother, Peter Cole of Ukiah, suffered “massive head trauma” when the SUV he was riding in was hit by a car that had crossed the centerline near the Thurston Auto Plaza. That car went on to crash into the car lot and burst into flames, killing the driver who has yet to be identified. Cole, who his brother tells the paper was taken off life support Tuesday, was in the SUV with three other people and they were just two blocks from Cole’s home when the accident happened. A woman from Redwood Valley who was in the vehicle with him has extensive spinal injuries. The driver and another person have less severe injuries. The CHP is still investigating the incident.

A Ukiah woman accused of hitting her boyfriend with her car Monday night has been arrested for Assault with Deadly Weapon as well as Felony Domestic Violence Battery. The victim called for help from the intersection of Orr Springs Road and Pinoleville Road, which is where deputies found him lying on the ground on the side of the road. The man told the deputies he’d been hit by a vehicle driven by Sherrie Jones, after they’d had a fight and she drove off. Deputies met with Jones about an hour later and arrested her.


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