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Three‑vehicle crash in Mendocino County kills driver

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CHP officers arrested a Leggett man, suspected of impaired driving, following a fatal crash on Highway 1 in Mendocino County.

Leida Padway, 67, of Alameda died in Wednesday’s three‑vehicle collision near Leggett, according to the Mendocino County Coroner’s Office Monday. Three others suffered major injuries, the CHP said.

The crash occurred as suspect driver David Gosselin lost control of his southbound Toyota Tacoma pickup near the Highway 1 and Highway 101 intersection. The truck spun into northbound traffic and hit a 2001 Ford Escape driven by Padway, who died in the collision.

After striking the Ford, the pickup hit a northbound Toyota Camry, pushing both off the highway and into an embankment, the CHP said.

In the impact, the pickup’s cab separated from its chassis and the divided truck then toppled sideways onto Highway 101 lanes.

Suspect Gosselin, Ford passenger Barry Greenburg, and Camry passenger Rhiannon Chavez Miramontes appeared to have major injuries and were taken to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits.

Camry driver Ivan Romero had minor injuries and was treated by paramedics at the crash.

Officers arrested Gosselin on suspicion of driving under the influence and released him to the hospital due to his injuries.

The crash investigation and cleanup closed the highway for five hours. Caltrans diverted traffic to nearby rural Highway 271.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 707‑521-5412 or randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com.

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