A Portland man was killed and a South Freeport woman hospitalized in California in a Sunday night car crash that wasn’t discovered until late Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Highway Patrol spokesman Kory Reynolds told the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday that Taylor Griffin, 40, died at the scene of the crash, in which he lost control of a rental 2012 Corvette negotiating a turn heading west on Highway 20 in Upper Lake, Calif. The community, about 50 miles northwest of Sacramento, is known as the gateway to the Mendocino National Forest. Reynolds said Griffin, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle when the sports car hit an oak tree off the road.
A passenger in the car was Carrie Davenport, 43, of South Freeport, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Reynolds said. The Highway Patrol spokesman said it was Davenport who alerted authorities to the crash late Monday morning.
Griffin is listed as president of the high-end food distributor The Rogers Collection, while Davenport is identified on the company website as the company’s director of operations.
“We’re not sure of why there was a time lapse for her 911 call, but at some point she extricated herself from the vehicle,” Reynolds said. “She was disoriented [when rescuers arrived on the scene], but she was conscious.”
Reynolds said authorities were able to locate the crash site by following the satellite positioning of Davenport’s cellphone. Davenport was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital by helicopter, he said.
Reynolds said police are considering speed a factor in the crash.