Man Causes 4-Car Crash on Highway 20

A man caused a four car collision on Highway 20 in Grass Valley, CA, a rural town north of Sacramento, on Thursday, March 13. Steve Poston, 55, of Smartville, apparently weaved and swerved through the morning traffic scattered along the highway, reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour, despite a heavy fog that blanketed the road and reduced visibility to only 200 to 300 hundred feet.

According to witnesses and California Highway Patrol Officer, Dina Hernandez, the officer who reported to the scene, Poston lost control of his silver Dodge pickup and sideswiped the white Ford 250 of James Klauer, 42. Thus began the chaos. In the words of Hernandez, interviewed by

The ensuing wreck looked like a war zone,

After being struck by Poston, Klauer lost control of his truck and it began spinning all over the highway. While spinning, Klauer’s truck struck two other vehicles, a maroon Honda Accord driven by Tong Field, 39, and a maroon Chevy pickup, driven by Mitchell Hinds, 47. Again, in the words of Officer Hernandez:

They all ended up scattered in both lanes. There was debris everywhere.

In fact, Rough and Ready Highway was such a mess that traffic had to be re-routed for over an hour.

Poston suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to a hospital where he made a good recovery. None of the other drivers were substantially injured.

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According to California Vehicle Code 22350:

No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.

Steve Poston was in clear violation of this code Thursday morning. If you or a loved one has been injured because someone drove in violation of this code, or any other vehicle code, you have rights. The California Vehicle Code was put in place to keep people like you and the ones you love out of harm’s way. If you have experienced this situation, call my law office, The Law Office of Moseley Collins, at 916.444.4444, or visit our website by clicking on the highlighted link. We would love to help you.

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