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Boy Scout-camp bound driver killed in Potter Valley crash identified

The driver killed in a multi-car collision near Potter Valley Sunday was identified Monday as Robert Garrison of Newcastle.

Garrison, 55, had been driving a van full of Boy Scouts Sunday morning, headed to a week-long camp near Willits.

He died in the collision. Three of the five Boy Scouts with him suffered major injuries, including Garrison's 14-year-old son.

Ukiah CHP Officer Patty Benedetti Monday morning said the latest information indicated the three, ages 14-18, still were hospitalized.

The crash remained under investigation Monday, Benedetti said.

But the initial reports laid out the crash progression, which resulted in Garrison's Honda Odyssey van pushed into a head-on collision with another vehicle as he drove west on rural Highway 20, west of Potter Valley.

Five vehicles were involved in the 11:10 a.m. crash.

It started with a pickup driver trying to make a left turn from Highway 20 into a driveway

The truck was driven by off-duty Mendocino County sheriff's Capt. Randy Johnson, who was pulling a trailer.

Another driver in a 2011 Toyota Sequoia had stopped behind Johnson, waiting for him to turn when a 2006 Ford F-250 came up behind them.


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