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04/27 2017

One dead in crash in California Mille PASSENGER SURVIVES IN CRITICAL CONDITION BY:  MARK VAUGHN

One Dead in California Mille Fatal crash in Calif Mille

The crash involved a 1939 SS Jaguar 100, which veered off the road and struck a tree.PHOTO BY MCCARTHY/MENDOCINOSPORTSPLUS

A Honolulu driver was killed and his passenger critically injured after a crash in the California Mille Tuesday, April 25. The driver, who was not identified by the California Highway Patrol, was driving eastbound on State Route 128 near Mendocino when he veered off the road and struck a tree. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The passenger in the two-seat 1939 SS Jaguar 100 was wearing a seatbelt and survived the impact. The passenger, identified by CHP as Ai Origake, suffered major injuries and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial hospital. Both driver and passenger were from Honolulu.

It’s believed to be the first fatality in the event’s 27-year history, though we are awaiting confirmation on that.

The California Mille was started by car dealer-turned-collector Martin Swig, who passed away five years ago. It is now run by Swig’s sons David and Howard. Approximately 70 cars were entered in this year’s Mille, all older than 1958. The accident took place on the second day of the four-day event, which was scheduled to run April 24-27.