Four injured in Friday Castle Lake collision

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Felony DUI charges are pending against the driver of a vehicle that crashed on Castle Lake Road Friday evening and three passengers of the vehicle were also cited for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Mackenzie Christine Richardson, age 18 of Santa Cruz, was admitted into the hospital due to her injuries, according to officer Eric Padilla, spokesperson for the Mount Shasta Office of the California Highway Patrol.

Also injured in the accident were passengers John Joseph Norris, 24 of Mount Shasta; Chelsea Anne Terry, 21 of Mount Shasta and William Jason Lafayette, 24 of Mount Shasta, the CHP reported.

Richardson was driving a 1998 Nissan Sentra south on Castle Lake Road at about 5:30 p.m. when she allowed the car to leave the roadway and collide with an irrigation culvert causing the vehicle to roll, Padilla said, approximately six and a half miles from WA Barr Road.

All of the passengers were wearing safety belts, Padilla said.

Richardson and the three passengers were taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta for treatment of various injuries which were described as ranging from minor to moderate, Padilla said.

Norris was later released from the hospital, and booked into Siskiyou County Jail on charges of drug possession, being under the influence of a controlled substance and having outstanding warrants, Padilla reported.

As of Monday afternoon, Norris was still in custody, according to Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Jayme Lynch.

Lafayette and Terry were cited and released for being under the influence of a controlled substance, Padilla said.