Injuries reported after Christmas eve collision in Redding – DUI & speeding suspected

REDDING, Calif., — Two people were hospitalized after a two-vehicle crash involving a pickup truck that had been towing several snowmobiles in Redding on Christmas Eve, Friday night, Dec. 24.

Speeding and intoxicated driving were suspected as contributing factors in the collision, which occurred near the intersection of Oxford Road and E. Cypress Avenue, between Alfreda Way and Victor Avenue.


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City of Redding police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene after receiving reports of a collision between a passenger sedan and pickup truck with a loaded trailer.

Officials work at the scene of last night’s collision in Redding. KRCR News Channel 7/Adam McAllister photos

When officials arrived, they located two involved vehicles; including a white Chevy dually that was found wedged between a damaged and leaning power pole and a light-colored Toyota sedan. Three snowmobiles that had been loaded on the pickup’s trailer were left scattered around the wrecked vehicles, and vehicle parts and other debris were littered throughout the intersection. 

Paramedics evaluated and treated those injured in the collision and two people were ultimately transported to area hospitals for treatment of unspecified injuries.

During their subsequent investigation, officers determined the driver of the Toyota was traveling westbound on E. Cypress Avenue at a high rate of speed when they struck the pickup truck and trailer.

The impact caused both vehicles to careen off the roadway, where they then struck and damaged the power pole.

Due to the power pole being damaged, Redding Electric Utility (REU) was called to the scene to assess the pole for replacement or repair.

Redding PD has said they are investigating the crash as a possible DUI, but they did not specify which of the drivers was suspected of being under the influence when the collision occurred. Their investigation into the full cause of the accident is continuing.

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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.