On Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at approximately 4:15 PM, Kathleen Leventon, 65 of Citrus Heights, Ca, was driving a 2001 Ford F-350 pick-up southbound on Interstate 5 at an unknown rate of speed. For unknown reasons, Leventon allowed her vehicle to travel off the southbound lane and into the center median and across both northbound lanes, exiting the highway.
The vehicle continued out of control in a south easterly direction through a wire/steel perimeter fence and into a walnut orchard located on the east side of Interstate 5 and Myers Road. The vehicle collided with several walnut trees before coming to a rest in the orchard.
A 63-year-old female passenger of Sacramento, Ca, unidentified at this time, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Leventon suffered moderate injuries and was flown by Reach helicopter to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.
It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this collision. The investigation is still ongoing. If anyone has any information or may have witnessed this collision, we ask that you contact the Williams CHP Office at (530) 473-2821.