A Sonora man died Thursday after being injured in a near head-on collision at 5:20 p.m. on Parrots Ferry Road south of Moaning Caverns.
Michael Ray Rogers, 20, was killed while riding in a 1993 Honda driven by Andrew Martin Willis, 21, of Angels Camp. Also riding in the Honda was Marcus A. Phillips, 20, of Murphys.
Willis was driving the Honda southbound when he lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve in the roadway, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. The Honda traveled up a dirt embankment on the west side of the roadway and then back onto the roadway, across the double yellow lines and into the path of an oncoming 2000 Ford F350.
Kristi Ann Putt, 46, Murphys, was driving the Ford northbound when the out-of-control Honda careened directly in her vehicle’s path, the report said.
The pick-up and sedan collided in a near head-on fashion, sending the truck spinning toward the east edge of the roadway, where it eventually came to rest. The Honda came to a rest in the middle of the roadway, blocking both the northbound and southbound lanes.
Willis sustained major injuries and was flown by helicopter to Doctor’s Hospital in Modesto. Phillips sustained minor scrapes and scratches on his hands and declined medical treatment. Rogers. Rogers sustained major injuries and was transported to Oak Valley Hospital in Oakdale where he succumbed to his injuries, the report said. Putt sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Sonora Community Hospital.
Murphys Fire Protection District, Altaville/Melones Fire Protection District, California State Parks, American Legion Ambulance Service and Reach Air Ambulance all responded to the scene. CHP helicopter H20 provided assistance from above by capturing aerial photography of the scene and coordinating medical transportation in the air, the report said. CHP Stockton Communications Center and CHP Merced Communications Center dispatched personnel and equipment to the scene with assistance from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.