Northeast California is a land of majestic views, wilderness and remote roadways is not the place to have car trouble, let alone be in a single-vehicle accident. When a High Desert State Prison (HDSP) employee was on her way to work, she came across a vehicle flipped over on an icy road.
A standard day for two parole agents took a drastic turn as they helped pull a woman from a car as fire rapidly approached. On Aug. 2 at 10:35 a.m., Southern Region California Parole Apprehension Team (CPAT) Agents Raymond Ernandez and George Meza were traveling on the freeway near Fallbrook when they saw smoke coming from a fire near the freeway.
Off-site training for the Deuel Vocational Institution Investigative Services Unit (ISU) turned into a real-world scenario when they spotted a car flipping end-over-end off the freeway. On Sept. 2 at 8:45 a.m., ISU staff heard the sound of screeching tires coming from the nearby Interstate 5 to 205 exchange. Officers looked to see a small passenger vehicle come off the highway flipping front over end and then rolling approximately five times before coming to a stop not far from their location.
A routine drive home was anything but when a correctional officer was heading home after her shift. On Aug. 18, 2018 while driving home from the California Correctional Institution, Officer Kendle Prince witnessed a single-car accident on Highway 58 outside Bakersfield.
While attending a high school sporting event, an off-duty CDCR employee saw a man collapse. That’s when Mule Creek State Prison Correctional Officer Devin Vasquez rushed to assist.
A summer drive turned into a rescue mission for one Central California Women’s Facility staff member. On a hot summer afternoon July 27, Sgt. Martin Gonzales was driving through a busy section of Madera. As he approached a nearby skate park, he saw two vehicles ahead of him collide, sending a pickup truck up an embankment onto railroad tracks.