Anderson woman who fled from four-vehicle, major-injury wreck in Redding arrested

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say an unlicensed driver who caused a four-vehicle, chain reaction pileup was arrested after fleeing the scene of the Redding crash Sunday afternoon, July 25.

The crash, which sent one victim to an area hospital with major injuries and injured four others, happened on S. Bonnyview Road, just east of E. Bonneyview Road.

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City of Redding police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene around 12:15 p.m. after receiving reports of a major-injury traffic collision involving four vehicles, Redding Police Corporal Regan Ortega later said of the hit and run crash and arrest.

“While officers were responding to the scene, citizens reported the occupants of the vehicle that caused the crash were fleeing the area on foot,” said Ortega; adding that responding officers quickly located the fleeing driver and her passenger as they were walking away from the collision in a nearby field.

Officers also found four wrecked vehicles, including a white Ford Mustang and white Ford Fusion with moderate to major damage, along with a Ford Edge and Ford F-150 pickup truck with minor to moderate damage.

Angelica Gilchrist of Anderson was arrested after walking away from the scene of a four-vehicle major injury traffic collision in Redding yesterday afternoon. Redding PD photo

Investigating officers interviewed several witnesses and learned the driver of the Ford Mustang, Angelica Renee Gilchrist, 26, of Anderson, along with her passenger, were traveling westbound on S. Bonnyview Road in the number one lane just before the crash.

As Gilchrist neared the intersection of S. Bonnyview Road and E. Bonnyview Road, she failed to notice that three vehicles had stopped for the red light directly in front of her, Ortega explained.

“Gilchrist’s inattention caused the Ford Mustang to collide with a Ford Fusion resulting in a chain reaction,” Ortega explained. “The Ford Fusion then collided with a Ford Edge, which caused the Ford Edge to collide with a Ford F-150.”

The seriously injured driver of the Ford Fusion was taken by ground ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of what Ortega described as major injuries. The two other victim drivers both had complaints of pain, but were not hospitalized after the chain reaction crash, according to the Corporal.

Additionally, both Gilchrist and her passenger sustained moderate injuries and Gilchrist was later treated at an area hospital before she was booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of felony hit and run resulting in great bodily injuries and driving without a license.

Online jail records indicate she remains in custody in lieu of $10,000 bail or bond.

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Neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be a factor, according to Ortega.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 21R048638 and can remain anonymous.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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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