Man seriously injured in Highway 12 crash is Healdsburg grape grower

Randy Peters suffered cracked ribs in the collision but is conscious and talking on the phone from a hospital ICU, his wife, Robin, said.|

Randy Peters, a well-known grape grower from Healdsburg, was seriously injured in a head-on crash Wednesday on Highway 12 west of Santa Rosa, his wife, Robin, confirmed Saturday.

Peters, 67, is in the intensive care unit at Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, his wife said. His injuries include fractured ribs on his left side.

The owner of the Peters Family Winery was driving a Chevrolet flatbed truck Wednesday when the driver of a GMC Sierra pickup, Horacio Vigil, 42, of Santa Rosa, drifted into the opposite lane and crashed into his vehicle, the CHP said. Vigil died in the crash.

Investigators ruled out Peters as the cause of the collision, CHP spokesperson David DeRutte said.

“I just talked to him,” Robin Peters said of her husband. “He’s in the ICU. He’s having trouble breathing a little bit. They’ll probably keep him in there for a while; it depends on how he progresses.”

Peters is a partner with winemaker Erik Miller in Kokomo Winery. He also sells pinot noir and chardonnay grapes to several wineries including Papapietro Perry and Anthill Farms, according to Linda Murphy, a Sonoma County-based wine, food and travel writer. All three wineries are in the Healdsburg-Dry Creek Valley area.

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Windsor and Cloverdale, The Press Democrat 

As someone who grew up in a small town, I enjoy covering what's happening in Windsor and Cloverdale, which are growing in their own unique ways.  I delve into issues by getting to know people and finding out what’s going on in the community. I also pay attention to animal welfare and other issues that affect Sonoma County.

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