Jeep plummets over cliff edge, four injured

November 26, 2001 11:00 pm
Ocean beaches look very inviting on a sunny day, but beach hikers should be aware that waves are a constant threat to safety. (Stephen Merrill Corley/ The Daily Triplicate).
Ocean beaches look very inviting on a sunny day, but beach hikers should be aware that waves are a constant threat to safety. (Stephen Merrill Corley/ The Daily Triplicate).

By Kent Gray

Triplicate staff writer

A single-vehicle accident on Rowdy Creek Road resulted in major injuries Friday afternoon when the vehicle tumbled down a 400-foot dirt and rock embankment, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to the Highway Patrol accident report, Israel Reagen, 29, of Crescent City, was driving eastbound at approximately 25 mph in a 1993 Jeep when the vehicle went over the south embankment.

Apparently three of the occupants were ejected from the vehicle, said Officer Kent Davis. Passenger two (Nicole Reagen, 22, of Paso Robles) climbed up the embankment looking for help. A witness riding a dirt bike in the area heard the collision and climbed down and stayed with the victims until help arrived.

Nicole Reagen, who suffered the fewest injuries, was the only occupant wearing a safety belt and was not ejected from the Jeep, according to the report.

Israel Reagen was transported by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to Sutter Coast Hospital with a fractured spine, broken pelvis and numerous other fractures. Passengers Daniel Cooks, 28, of Paso Robles, and an unidentified 12-year-old boy were transported to Sutter Coast by Del Norte Ambulance. Cooks suffered a fractured pelvis and facial injuries and the juvenile suffered fractured hips and clavicle, collapsed lungs and a ruptured spleen, according to Davis and family members.

Israel Reagen and Nicole Reagen were in stable condition Monday morning. The juvenile, who was also in stable condition, was in intensive care. Cooks was transferred to Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore. and is reported to be in stable condition. Israel Reagan was transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Redding and the juvenile remains at Sutter Coast Hospital.

An emergency account has been established at Washington Mutual Bank in Crescent City to help the victims of the wreck.