Colorado River Tri-State: Just days apart, 2 communities are mourning the loss of 2 people killed in 2 separate vehicle crashes along U.S. Route 95.
A highway along the Colorado River known as U.S. Route 95 have taken the lives of 2 people bring the communities of Needles, California and Blythe, California mourning the loss of the victims.
On Sunday, April 15th, 2018, a vehicle crash along U.S. Route 95 south of Needles, California took the life of a doctor, who was well known in Needles, California and Blythe, California.
The doctor was flown by medical helicopter out to a hospital but later passed away due to his injuries.
ZachNews has learn that the doctor’s names was Dr. Robert Strecker, who was a practicing Gastroenterologist in Needles, California.
The Palo Verde Valley Times reported that Dr. Robert Strecker was a dedicated physician who has worked with members of the medical and hospital staff at Palo Verde Hospital for almost 40 years.
Dr. Robert Strecker was a graduate of Vanderbilt University; received his medical degree from that institute of higher learning, and had a PHD in pharmacology.
Dr. Robert Strecker completed a GI fellowship at University of Southern California in the early 1980’s and worked in private practice from 1984 to 1994 while working in the emergency department of several facilities throughout the years.
The cause of the crash along U.S. Route 95 near Blythe, California was under investigation.
As both communities continue to mourn the loss of Dr. Robert Strecker, another vehicle crash occurs just 5 days later along U.S. Route 95 near Needles, California, taking the live of a woman from Blythe, California.
According to the California Highway Patrol, at 4:28pm PT on Friday, April 20th, 2018, a wireless 911 call was received reporting a 2 vehicle collision along U.S. Route 95 near Needles, California.
The California Highway Patrol say 59 year old Rosa Saldana from Blythe, California was the rear seat passenger in one of the vehicles.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner Division, Rosa Saldana was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the crash along U.S. Route 95 near Needles, California is investigation.
People who have driven along this stretch of U.S. Route 95 have seen close calls and crashes as well as speedy motorists trying to get by other vehicles.
Well people want all motorists to drive safely along U.S. Route 95, others want to see more be done along the desert highway to make it safer to drive along, especially at night and along curved portions of the highway.
As we get closure to Summer, more people will be traveling along this desert highway for boating fun along the Colorado River, and law enforcement agencies want to remind the public to always obey all driving laws and never drive in a way that endangers you, your family, or others motorists.
** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of both Dr. Robert Strecker and Rosa Saldana. **