Templeton woman breaks her legs after going airborne on Highway 101

August 1, 2017

A 54-year-old Templeton woman lost control of her pickup truck on Highway 101, went airborne and slammed into an overpass in Atascadero. The woman suffered broken legs in the wreck.

At about 3:20 p.m. Monday, Melissa Diane Gootkin was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Highway 101 approaching San Anselmo Road when she made an unsafe turning movement toward the east shoulder, and her vehicle began to drive on the strip between the highway and the San Anselmo exit, according to the CHP.

The Silverado then became airborne, collided with the San Anselmo Road overpass and rolled toward the northbound lanes. The vehicle came to a rest in a northbound lane facing south.

Gootkin was pinned inside the vehicle. Multiple good Samaritans came to her aide until emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Fire personnel extricated Gootkin and transported her to a local hospital.

Gootkin is not suspected of driving impaired. The crash remains under investigation.







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6 Comments

  1. straddle says:

    I hope Ms. Gootkin recovers speedily and has health insurance. If not, we all pay for this accident.

    Riddle me a response you Obamacare haters.

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  2. Rich in MB says:

    Did the Woman or the Pick-up truck go airborne?

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  3. Jorge Estrada says:

    Truthfully, connectivity affords greater efficiency in life. We can stay in touch with many at the same time, fewer return trips for updating on what’s next and we can simply change our direction as the time clock moves forward. We need less people to do much more business and certainly with less planning. So what do we do, require that all vehicles be blue-tooth compatible, require smarter – smart phones or just outlaw cell phones because they are not protected by the 2nd Amendment and kill someone on a regular basis. Oops, phones don’t kill people do.

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    • smile4thecamera says:

      I agree with all you say, but it’s perfectly ok not to be in constant contact. Everyone will be ok if they have to wait 30 minutes if you happen to drive a car without blue-tooth. In fact, they might just solve their problem by themselves.

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  4. smile4thecamera says:

    Maybe not impaired as in under the influence, but possibly impaired by using cell phone. I’m shocked at how many people i see driving and talking on their phones…

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    • kayaknut says:

      Cell hone usage is only one type of impairment, I see many drivers with others, eating, putting on makeup, having a dog on your lap, reading, and others, why address just one type cell phone instead cover all impairments.

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