83-Year-Old Man Pronounced Dead after Auto Accident near Chard Avenue

GERBER, CA (February 7, 2022) A vehicle collision on Highway 99 left James Wilborn killed, and Victor Baus injured Tuesday morning.

The incident happened just south of Chard Avenue around 10:15 a.m.

Per reports, 81-year old Baus of Gerber was driving a 2003 Toyota Tacoma on Highway 99, as he was preparing to turn left into a private driveway.

For reasons unknown, Baus crashed his vehicle into a 1995 Honda driven by 83-year-old Wilborn, of Clearlake. Due to the impact of the collision, Wilborn suffered major injuries and later died at the hospital.

Moreover, medics say Baus suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. Paramedics eventually transported him to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff for further treatment.

At this time, an active investigation to determine further details is still currently underway.

No further information regarding the crash has been made public at this time. Once available, further details will be provided.


The team at Sweet James sends out their warm and sincerest sympathies to the friends and family of the deceased victim. May the memories of your loved one give you strength in the days ahead.


The sudden loss of a loved one is an extremely difficult time for the surviving family. At Sweet James, they understand that legal decisions have to be made. They are here to provide you with unmatched legal representation during this trying time. Rest assured, you have an enthusiastic attorney on your side. They will fight to hold the responsible party accountable and help you receive compensation to pay for the high costs of the medical, funeral, and legal expenses. Call their office today at (800) 975-3435. Need help after hours? Reach out to them by online chat, email, or text message. Moreover, if you are a family member of any of the victims involved in this accident, they may be able to help you obtain the police report. Click here to request a police report.

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