October 18, 2011

Police identify Portland man killed in Calif. crash

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

A late-night crash in California Sunday killed Taylor Griffin, 40, of Portland and sent a Freeport woman, Carrie Davenport, 43, to the hospital.

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The scene of the crash off Highway 20 in Upper Lake, Calif. A Portland man was killed when the rented 2012 Corvette he was driving crashed on Sunday night.

Photo by Gary McAuley/Lake County News

The crash happened late Sunday but emergency workers did not learn of it until 11 a.m. Monday, said Kory Reynolds, special duty officer with California Highway Patrol.

Griffin was killed instantly in the crash, which happened when he lost control of the rented 2012 Corvette on a curve on Highway 20 in the wine country of northern California. Davenport, who was wearing a seatbelt, was eventually able to get out of the car and called police on her cellphone.

The highway patrol was able to use the cellphone signal to locate the car and direct rescue workers there, according to police.

Davenport was disoriented but conscious and taken by helicopter to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.  Her condition was not immediately availble.

Both Griffin and Davenport were involved in the operation of upscale specialty food importer The Rogers Collection.

According to the company's website, Griffin is president of the company and Davenport is director of operations.

8 a.m.

A Portland man was killed and a Freeport woman seriously injured in a car crash in northern California.

According to published reports, the pair was driving on Highway 20 in Upper Lake, California, when the rented Corvette the man was driving left the road and crashed into a tree some time Sunday night.

The man, 40, was not wearing a seatbelt and died, the California Highway Patrol told the Lake County News. The woman, 43, who was wearing a seatbelt, eventually was able to get out of the car and call for help on her cell phone although not until Monday morning at 11 a.m., the newspaper reported. She was taken by helicopter to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

California authorities were unable to provide additional details, including the people’s names, this morning.

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