Ukiah, CA Two Car Head-On Crash, Mar 1972


Ukiah, Calif. (AP) - Nine persons, including an infant, were killed Friday when two cars smashed head on in a collision that left no survivors, the California Highway Patrol said.
Eight of the victims died at the crash scene on U.S. 101. The ninth died en route to a hospital in Ukiah, 10 miles to the north.
The crash occurred about 7:45 a.m. on a level stretch of a two-lane road in rolling, oak-tree country beside the Russian River.
Five of the victims were in a northbound 1965 Chevrolet sedan. The others were in a southbound 1967 Mustang. All were from the nearby Northern California communities of Willits and Hopland.
The patrol said the sedan was registered to AMILIO INAY, 20, one of the victims, who lived on an Indian Rancheria, or small reservation, near Hopland.
The other victims in his auto were his wife, ANN, 21; their year-old son, JOHN; ELLIOTT LOPEZ, 19, of Hopland, and GLADYS KNIGHT, 33, Hopland.
Killed in the other auto were STEVEN GARCIA and DAVID BROWN, both in their late teens and from Willits, and LINDA WALKER, 17, also of Willits, the Mendocino County coroner said.
He said STEVEN GARCIA'S sister, DEBORAH, 17, died in an ambulance en route to the hospital.
The coroner's office said STEVEN GARCIA and AMILIO INAY were driving the two autos.
GARCIA was taking his wife to her job at county library and INAY was driving to visit grandparents, officers said.

Los Angeles Times California 1972-03-11