2 drivers in critical condition after suspected Napa County DUI collision

Two drivers were critically injured in a two-car collision early Sunday morning, and one of them was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, said Napa CHP Officer Marc Renspurger in an email.

The collision occurred at 2:08 a.m. Sunday on Highway 29 at Tower Road, in an unincorporated part of Napa County. Kayla Nicole Kim Clark, 36, of Vallejo, was driving a 2015 Chevy Malibu south in the northbound lane of the highway and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle, the CHP said.

The driver of that vehicle, a 2019 Kia Forte, was identified as 48-year-old Murat Baspehlivan, of Napa. Both Clark and Baspehlivan were transported to Queen of the Valley Medical Center and were in critical condition Monday. Baspehlivan’s injuries were life-threatening, Renspurger said.

Napa CHP said in a news release that alcohol is believed to be a factor in the collision, and Renspurger confirmed that Clark was arrested on suspicion of a felony DUI.

You can reach Staff Writer Chantelle Lee at 707-521-5337 or On Twitter @ChantelleHLee.

UPDATED: Please read and follow our commenting policy:

  • This is a family newspaper, please use a kind and respectful tone.
  • No profanity, hate speech or personal attacks. No off-topic remarks.
  • No disinformation about current events.
  • We will remove any comments — or commenters — that do not follow this commenting policy.
Send a letter to the editor

Our Network

The Press Democrat
Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Sonoma County Gazette