Wrong-Way Crash on I5 Kills Woman — Nov 11, 2017
Eighty-one-year-old Barbara Bernard from Shasta Lake City was killed by a wrong-way driver suspected of DUI Monday night on I5. The California Highway Patrol received reports of a wrong-way driver at approximately 7:52 p.m. close to Corning Road. Within minutes, the driver had hit an oncoming car head-on, just south of Corning Road. The wrong-way driver was identified as Karen Rojas, 57, of Corning. She was driving under the influence of drugs south in the northbound lane when she collided with Mrs. Bernard, who was driving a 2018 Kia Optima. Both vehicles sustained major damage. Both women were trapped inside their vehicles with major injuries. Ms. Rojas was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff and was then transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center. Mrs. Bernard was transported to Enloe Medical Center in Chico where she was pronounced dead from her injuries. Ms. Rojas was arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs, causing injury to another, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Southbound lanes of I-5 were closed for at least 30 minutes. Northbound lanes were blocked for approximately an hour.