UPDATE: Anderson pair fatally ejected when car careens off highway ID’d

UPDATED: Monday, Nov. 25, 1:20 p.m.

See Original Story below.

REDDING — Authorities have released the identities of an Anderson pair who died after their vehicle careened off the ramp connecting northbound Interstate 5 with westbound Highway-44, in Redding.

Although the crash was discovered around 9 a.m. Sunday morning, officials believe the deadly accident happened sometime overnight.

Officials who responded to the scene of the crash discovered the two occupants from the vehicle had been ejected and died at the scene prior to their notification or arrival.

Shasta County Coroner’s Office has since identified the victims as 23-year-old Justin Harley Hoover, and 28-year-old, Melissa Anne Satterfield.

CHP’s collision investigation is ongoing and postmortem examinations have been scheduled.


Original Story: Pair fatally ejected after car careens off I-5 to SR-44 connector

REDDING — Authorities are investigating a deadly crash after two people were fatally ejected from a vehicle that lost control and careened off the ramp connecting northbound Interstate 5 with westbound Highway-44, in Redding.

Officers investigating the accident believe the crash happened sometime overnight, but the wreckage and bodies of the victims weren’t discovered until Sunday morning, Nov. 24.

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CHP was first alerted to the crash around 9 a.m., after another motorist traveling on the Highway 44 connector ramp from I-5 called 911 to report spotting a car that had crashed over the side of the off-ramp and was down an embankment.

When officers and other emergency personnel arrived at the scene, they found a wrecked and unoccupied, white 2009 Dodge Charger wedged between two trees down an embankment adjacent the highway.

Parts of a white Dodge Charger can be seen where the vehicle careened off the westbound Highway 44 connector ramp from northbound I-5 sometime overnight. Two victims were fatally ejected from the wrecked vehicle, which was spotted by a passing motorist around 9 a.m., Sunday morning.

Officials also soon found the lifeless bodies of a 23-year-old male driver and 28-year-old female passenger who had been ejected from the vehicle. Both had already succumbed to their injuries and were declared deceased at the scene.

Neither victim has been publicly identified, pending further investigation and notification of their families.

During their subsequent investigation, officers determined the pair killed in the crash had not been wearing their seat-belts and neither was properly restrained.

While officials worked at the scene investigating the cause of the deadly crash they called for the temporary closure of the Highway 44 west off-ramp from northbound I-5. The off-ramp remained closed until Coroner’s officials had recovered the victims’ bodies and the wrecked Charger was towed from the scene.

CHP’s investigation is ongoing and officials have asked that anyone with information about the crash or who witnessed the deadly accident and has not yet provided a statement to authorities to contact CHP – Redding Officer Steve Rauch at (530) 225-0500.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.


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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.

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