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California Highway Patrol is being sued by a woman who alleges that an on-duty officer rear-ended her, causing her injury and damages, on Highway 121 just north of Cuttings Wharf Road in Napa County last year.

Frances Darlene Ingram of Yolo County is suing the State of California, CHP and CHP Officer Shaun Nathaniel Hansen for alleged motor vehicle negligence, according to a lawsuit filed in Napa County Superior Court last month.

CHP representatives did not comment on the suit, but did provide redacted documents confirming that a vehicle collision occurred at the same time and location as listed in Ingram’s complaint. Ingram’s Sacramento-based attorney, Eliot M. Reiner, did not respond to media inquiries.

According to the lawsuit, Ingram was heading southbound on Highway 121 on March 29, 2017 when Officer Hansen, who was also travelling southbound, hit her vehicle from behind. Hansen was driving a CHP vehicle at the time, alleges the suit.

The suit alleges that Ingram was injured in the collision, but did not provide any details.

In the traffic collision report provided by CHP, Ingram’s vehicle, a Toyota RAV4, was noted to have sustained “moderate damage,” including damage to the rear bumper and trunk. Hansen’s vehicle, a Ford Explorer, sustained “minor damage,” including damage to the front bumper and push bumper.

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Hansen was at fault and, according to the collision report, had violated a speed law.

The law states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”

Conditions were clear and dry. Hansen was not cited for the violation, according to the report.

A case management conference is scheduled for Sept. 4.


Public Safety Reporter

Maria Sestito is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She covers breaking news as well as crime and courts. Maria came to the Napa Valley Register in 2015 after working as a reporter and photographer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC.