Two men were seriously injured on Sunday morning when their car hit a tree along a winding road in Rohnert Park, near a similar accident a week ago, authorities said.
Police said speeding and wet pavement seemed to have played a role in both accidents on Golf Course Drive.
"It's strangely similar," said police sergeant Rohnert Park. Kelly Koffler said about the latest accident.
Driver Thomas Fledderjohn, 30, of Rohnert Park, and his roommate, David Deng, 33, were heading east on Golf Course Drive shortly before 9:15 am Sunday when their car hit the median near Hacienda Circle as the road turned, said Koffler. The white Toyota Prius turned into the right lane and began to turn. He then crashed against a tree on the sidewalk near the Walmart Neighborhood Market, with the negative impact on the driver, said Koffler.
The two men were stranded inside and had to be rescued by fire crews, he said. They were taken to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Injuries do not seem to be life-threatening, Koffler said.
The roadway was closed for about two hours while officers were investigating the accident.
Witnesses traveling behind the Prius told the police that the car was exceeding the maximum speed limit of 35 mph.
On February 3, 20-year-old Devante Harris of Rohnert Park also lost control of her car heading east on Golf Course Drive around 7:30 pm Her 2009 Toyota Corolla spun in the median and hit a tree near Halcyon Place.
One witness told the police that Harris had overtaken the other cars while driving about 50 mph on the wet pavement.
The police also stated that he was not wearing a seatbelt and that he had been taken to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
Police have asked residents to slow down on the busy four-lane road that connects many neighborhoods to Highway 101, especially during heavy rains.
They also intensified their patrols.
"The enforcement of the Highway Code has been at the center of our concerns," said Koffler.
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