Chico woman sustains major injuries following Highway 36 collision

A Chico woman sustained major injuries during a Sunday afternoon collision on Highway 36.

According to a statement from the California Highway Patrol, at about 3:41 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, Kelsey Ann Faytak, 21, of Chico, was driving a 2008 Subaru eastbound on Highway 36, west of Highway 89, with her dog. At the same time, Ross Neely, 28, of Chico, was driving a 2017 Ford F-150 westbound on Highway 36, with passenger Catie Neely, 33, of Chico, and two minors in the vehicle.

For unknown reasons, the statement alleged, Faytak “allowed her Subaru to travel into the westbound lane directly in front of Neely’s Ford. Before Neely or Faytak could react, the Subaru and Ford collided.”

“The Subaru began to rotate in a counter clockwise direction and travel eastbound in the westbound lane until coming to a rest in the westbound lane, facing a northerly direction. The Ford rotated in a counter clockwise direction, traveled across the eastbound lane and on to the south roadway shoulder of Highway 36 before coming to a rest on the shoulder, facing a northerly direction.

“Faytak sustained major injuries and had to be extricated from the Subaru by emergency personnel on scene. Faytak was then transported to the Chester airport where she was flown to Enloe Medical Center for further treatment of her injuries,” the statement read.

Catie Neely noted a slight pain to her right forearm after the crash, the CHP statement read, and she was evaluated at the scene and released.

CHP noted Faytak and all the passengers in the Ford were wearing their lap and shoulder harnesses, with the uninjured minors, ages 3 and 1, both properly strapped into the car seats.

Alcohol is not suspected a factor in the collision.