Redding pedestrian seriously injured after hit by drunk driver

REDDING, Calif. — A Redding woman was seriously injured when she was struck by a car on State Route 273, near Win-River Resort & Casino north of Canyon Rd., early this morning, Saturday, Sept. 12.

Although the pedestrian was found to be at fault for crossing the highway outside a marked crosswalk, the driver who struck her was arrested after she was determined to be under the influence, according to officials.


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City of Redding Police and Fire departments were dispatched to the scene around 1:15 a.m., after a woman called 911 and reported she had just struck a pedestrian.

Official radio traffic at the time indicated the driver who struck the pedestrian, since identified as Sarah Carpenter, 39, of Redding, reported to SHASCOM that the victim was breathing, but seriously injured.

After reporting the collision, Carpenter remained at the scene and waited for emergency services to arrive, Redding Police Corporal Rob Garnero has since said of the incident.

Although the pedestrian was found to be at fault for crossing the highway outside a marked crosswalk, the driver who struck her was arrested after she was determined to be under the influence, according to officials. Redding PD photo

The victim, Rachael Dayton, 25, of Redding, sustained major injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center for treatment, according to Garnero; who said the victim is expected to survive.

During their subsequent investigation, officers determined Carpenter was driving her Honda Civic northbound on State Route 273, north of Canyon Rd., when she struck Dayton as she and a male companion were crossing the highway.

The pair were not using or near a marked crosswalk as they attempted to cross the dark roadway, according to Garnero.

While officers interviewed Carpenter they determined she was under the influence of alcohol when the collision occurred.

Based on their investigation, officers arrested Carpenter and she was booked into Shasta County Jail in Redding for felony DUI causing injury.

Garnero later used the opportunity to remind area residents about the dangers of drinking and driving and encouraged pedestrians to “always use crosswalks and well-lit areas to remain visible when crossing roadways during nighttime hours.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.


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