Coroner ID’s Victim Of Fatal Crash On Highway 44

The Shasta County Coroner’s Office says the man killed in a broadside collision just east of Palo Cedro last Wednesday afternoon was 81-year-old Virgil Dempsey of Troy, Montana. Dempsey was driving a 2000 Toyota Solara northbound on Silver Bridge Road and came to the stopsign at Highway 44. After stopping, he proceeded into the intersection directly into the path of an eastbound Jeep Cherokee, which struck the Toyota on the driver’s side, killing Dempsey. The driver and passenger of the Jeep, Arthur and Lori Howatt of Shingletown, were both transported to Mercy Hospital with moderate injuries.