Napa driver plows into Graton vineyard, takes Uber to hospital

A Napa woman who was driving through Graton early Saturday morning lost control of her car and spun off Highway 116, taking out about 60 feet of vineyard fencing and two apple trees before slamming into a light pole north of Occidental Road, the CHP said.

Officials said Kellie Brett, 29, was injured in the 1:54 a.m. crash but walked away and called an Uber to take her to a Napa hospital.

Authorities, unable to locate her anywhere near the crash site, found her nine hours later at Queen of the Valley Hospital, CHP Sgt. Josh Kolstad said.

Graton firefighters said Brett may have been traveling too fast in heavy fog when she lost control of her southbound car on a stretch of highway near Peachland Avenue, north of Occidental Road.

Her 2013 Volkswagen Golf was spinning as it struck the wooden fence. The force of the impact was enough to break apart the front end and throw the engine block from the wreckage before it caught fire, emergency officials said.

The crash remains under investigation, Kolstad said. No citation or arrest was reported.

Mary Callahan

Environment and Climate Change, The Press Democrat

I am in awe of the breathtaking nature here in Sonoma County and am so grateful to live in this spectacular region we call home. I am amazed, too, by the expertise in our community and by the commitment to protecting the land, its waterways, its wildlife and its residents. My goal is to improve understanding of the issues, to find hope and to help all of us navigate the future of our environment. 

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