One dead in embankment crash near Fort Ross

By Zoë Strickland, Staff Writer, Sonoma West Times & News, February 26, 2021

The accident happened just north of the Reef Campground in Fort Ross State Park. Pictured: Fort Ross Reef.

On Feb. 24, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers responded to a call about a vehicle over an embankment on State Route 1 south of Fort Ross Road.

According to a press release from Santa Rosa CHP, the vehicle was located approximately 100 feet down the embankment and was difficult to see from the roadway.

“First responders hiked down the embankment to the vehicle and located a solo male occupant who was subsequently pronounced deceased. The vehicle, a Volkswagen Golf, was cold to the touch and it is unknown at this time when the crash occurred,” the CHP announcement states. “Preliminary investigation indicates the Volkswagen was traveling southbound on SR-1. For unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway to the right/west. The Volkswagen traveled down an embankment and rolled onto its roof.”

The name of the deceased was withheld pending family notification.

Those who may have witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it are asked to call the Santa Rosa CHP office at 707-588-1400.

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