Portola Woman Dies After Deer Run Across SR 70 and Cause Two Cars to Collide

Quincy, CA, CHP: Two Vehicle Fatal Collision, SR-70 E/O Camp Layman

On November 29, 2022, at approximately 1356 hours, Guadalupe Ventura Perez was driving a 2019 Nissan Armada westbound on SR-70 east of Camp Layman Road, at approximately 55 MPH. Charles Dunn was driving a 2005 Nissan Sentra westbound on SR-70 directly behind the Armada, at approximately 55 MPH. A group of deer were in the roadway ahead of the vehicles, and Perez slowed the Armada and eventually came to a stop to avoid hitting the deer.

Dunn did not see the Armada come to a stop ahead of him in the westbound lane and could not slow or stop in time. As a result, the front of Dunn’s Sentra collided with the rear of Perez’s Armada, within the westbound lane of SR-70.

After the crash, both vehicles were driven to the north shoulder of SR-70 where they came to a stop. Perez and Dunn did not claim any injuries at the scene, however, Dunn’s right front passenger, Debra Lee Dunn, age 63 of Portola, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This crash remains under investigation by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol.