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SUV Cut Off By Sedan Driver Flips End-Over-End on Hwy 101 Near Santa Rosa

An 86-year-old Belmont man was taken to a hospital for observation after his Chevrolet Suburban flipped end-over-end on U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Rosa this morning, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

James Cole Jr. was driving the 2014 Suburban at 65 mph in the No. 4 lane of northbound Highway 101 south of Hearn Avenue around 10:30 a.m., CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

When a white sedan changed lanes and cut off the Suburban, Cole swerved to the right to avoid the sedan and struck a guardrail, Sloat said.

The Suburban then flipped end-over-end and over the guardrail and landed on its left side, Sloat said. Cole appeared uninjured but was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for observation, Sloat said.

The two right lanes of the highway were closed for an hour while crews removed the SUV, Sloat said.

--Bay City News
Darris April 18, 2014 at 01:29 PM
I was hunched over in the road (in a bright coral hoodie) picking up a pound of nails and tacks that were dumped in the road when a neighbor in a white Pontiac SUV punched the gas and made an aggressive swerve past me. This was witnessed by my husband and three other neighbors (who were shocked at his stunt). The guy lives around the corner from us . . . what is he thinking?! I was picking up nails and roofing tacks, some #16's, so that drivers didn't puncture their tires! People need to slow down and take a breath. Our street is in a quiet neighborhood, on a hill, 25 mph, around the corner from Bodega Bay Elementary school. People (including parents taking their kids to school) drive like maniacs up the 3 block hill to what? Get home, get their kid to school? I've been slammed into by a car at 19 years-old (the woman was on prescription meds) and spent a month in the hospital and came out scarred with a leg 2" shorter from a compound fracture. Let me tell you first hand . . . it's not worth all the pain and suffering you may cause someone or yourself or your kids, SLOW DOWN . . . please . . .

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