On May 11th, 2021 at about 8pm, Chico Police responded to a single vehicle collision at the west end of W. Eaton Rd. Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle collide into a concrete K-rail road barrier at speeds between 80 and 100 mph. The K-rail had previously been placed there to prevent vehicular traffic. Officers arrived on scene, they discovered the single occupant was deceased. The Chico Police Major Accident Investigation Team was called in and took over the investigation. The damage to the vehicle and debris field was extensive, consistent with speeds reported by the witnesses. The area was blocked off for about 6 hours as investigators processed the scene. The identity of the driver will be released at a later date once next of kin has been notified. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
Traffic/M.A.I.T. Supervisor – Sgt. Todd Lefkowitz
**UPDATE** 5-24-2021 4:33pm
The Chico Police Traffic Unit has completed the investigation of the fatal collision from May 11th. The driver, Amy Booth, intentionally drove her vehicle into the concrete K-rail at the west end of W. Eaton Road. The speed at impact was determined to be exceptionally high which caused fatal injury. Fortunately, there were no other involved parties and no other injuries.
Location: W. Eaton Rd at Rogue River
Driver: Amy Booth (46-year old female from Chico)
Supervisor: Sgt. Todd Lefkowitz
Watch Commander: Lt. Michael Williams