On Wednesday, Jan. 4, morning at approximately 8 a.m., Kirby Root, 68, of Greenwood was traveling southbound on Highway 193 when his car left the roadway and hit a tree just past South Kelsey Road.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident involved Root’s 2010 Mercedes GLK350 and 45-year-old David Edwards’ 1986 Toyota pickup. Preliminary reports on the accident, indicate that Root was traveling at a high rate of speed and crossed over the double yellow line to pass Edwards. Both vehicles were reportedly traveling southbound.
CHP Officer Dan Stark said at some point the two vehicles made contact. Root’s vehicle traveled off the east side of the highway and hit a tree. He was flown by Cal Star to Sutter Roseville Hospital with severe injuries. He was in a deep coma. On Saturday evening, Root died as a result of his injuries.
Edwards’ vehicle reportedly had moderate damage, but he was not listed with any injuries.
The accident is under investigation by the CHP.
“Everyone has to take caution on these roads,” said Officer Stark, emphasizing that the double yellow lines are placed on certain portions of the road for good reason.