Authorities are searching for the driver who crashed into another motorist Tuesday night on Sherwin Grade and then fled the scene.
The other motorist, 57-year-old Charles Baviera of Crowley Lake, suffered moderate injuries when his truck rolled off the highway and down an embankment. According to the California Highway Patrol, Baviera was able to climb out of his truck and walk back up to U.S. 395 where he flagged down a passing motorist for assistance. The driver of the vehicle who caused the collision had driven away, meanwhile.
The CHP reported that Baviera had been driving his 2002 Dodge dually northbound on the Grade about 5:30 p.m. when the unknown motorist, driving a “black truck or full-size SUV,” approached from behind at a higher rate of speed. The driver lost control and his or her vehicle began to skid to the left of Baviera, across the number one lane and into the center divider where it struck a paddle marker and then back to the right where it struck Baviera’s truck.
According to the CHP, the collision sent Baviera’s truck into and over the guardrail. The unknown vehicle continued skidding out of control and struck the same guardrail, bouncing back into the center divider.
Baviera was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop for treatment of his injuries.
The CHP considers Tuesday’s collision a felony hit-and-run and continues to investigate. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Bishop Area Office at (760) 872-5960.