Two vehicle collision in the Lone Pine resulted in major injuries

Gold Toyota Trunk in 2-vehicle collision across from Lone Pine Museum of Western Film History.

Press Release: On 07/05/2020 at approximately 1600 hours (4pm): Officers of the Bishop Area CHP responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of US-395 and Inyo St. in Lone Pine.

Jerrold Stolaroff of Santa Cruz, CA was driving a gold Toyota pickup and was entering the intersection of Inyo St. and US-395 from the Museum of Western Film History when it was struck broadside by a white Chevrolet pickup, which was being driven by Vicente Hernandez of Lone Pine, CA.

White Chevrolet pickup traveling at high rate of speed, southbound on Hwy 395.

The collision caused the Toyota to overturn.  A preliminary investigation on scene indicates that the Chevrolet was traveling southbound at a high rate of speed through Lone Pine just prior to the collision.

Injuries were reported by both drivers, as well as three passengers, and a dog from the Toyota pickup.

Report of Collision:

[pdf-embedder url=”” title=”Chp288A 7.6.20″]This collision is still under investigation by the Bishop Area CHP. As always, Bishop CHP would like to thank Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Department, Independence Volunteer Fire Department and the citizen’s that assisted the victims immediately following the collision.”

11 Responses to Two vehicle collision in the Lone Pine resulted in major injuries

  1. David Dennison July 18, 2020 at 1:14 pm #

    Looks like ANOTHER vehicle accident in downtown Lone Pine an hour or so ago on Saturday,July 18th,right in front of Lone Pine market.
    Surprised ?
    Now if it happened right there on the other side of Main St.-HWY 395 heading north,maybe would’ve plowed into the outdoor seating set up at the Mexican Restaurant.
    Maybe that’s what it’s going to take to get things slowed down through our little towns.
    On my way to the Bishop DMV on Thursday,as I was heading north into Independence as your coming into town,my speed on the alert sign entering town was 30 MPH.
    I was passed by two cars in the fast lane heading south INTO town being clocked at 77 MPH….
    On my 3 hour trip to Bishop and back that day,not a single CHP or ICSO vehicle in sight on 395.
    Going or coming.

  2. Thomas July 8, 2020 at 12:14 pm #

    There is an explanation for what may be perceived as insufficient enforcement, although admittedly it is not a justification. But it is a fact nonetheless that the Inland Division of CHP has the largest geographical enforcement area of all CHP divisions in the State, and the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office also has a very large area of responsibility, geographically speaking, second only to San Bernardino County in size, but more spread out and with more varying terrain than San Bernardino. Both the ICSO and the CHP, Inland Division, do not have the deputies or officers which would allow for a heavier and consistent coverage of all parts of such large service areas.

    I would suggest that people lobby their local county supervisors to add more warning signs and flashing lights at the entry points of the local communities. Also, residents might call and email the patrol command officers at the CHP and the leadership at the ICSO, to ask for more officer pass-throughs by patrol. Those calls and emails do get considered by station command officers.

    I hope this helps. We visit your area every summer and we are always glad to slow down in going through the towns, and we enjoy seeing the sights of the towns as we pass on through.

  3. Earl Duran July 7, 2020 at 12:52 pm #

    It does not matter where they from, it is all the same.

  4. Sierra Lady July 7, 2020 at 11:11 am #

    SWN, you may want to correct the date in your press release. The accident occured on Sunday, July 5th. Thanks.

    • Charles James July 7, 2020 at 1:58 pm #

      Sierra Lady,
      Done.Thank you for the heads up!

  5. David Dennison July 7, 2020 at 8:31 am #

    Good Bye
    Nobody living in Lone Pine is saying some locals aren’t guilty of speeding through town.
    But the fact is,it’s obvious most of those doing the speeding are out-of-towners heading north to the mountains or going back home south after their visit to the Sierra.
    The locals that do it,they just do it more often,knowing they can get away with it most of the time.

  6. Good bye July 7, 2020 at 8:15 am #

    Funny everyone here complains about fast drivers through town and the speeder was from lone pine.

  7. Earl Duran July 7, 2020 at 7:39 am #

    Lone Pine is a death trap during the holidays, Olancha is a hit and miss situation, the 4th and 5th was a horrible experience, it nearly impossible to cross 395 without a close call. I wish that some changes would occur soon. For the sake of Safety.

  8. JaneE July 7, 2020 at 6:34 am #

    This has been happening for decades. Over 20 years ago we were sitting in PJ’s in Lone Pine (now The Grill) when some CHP officers came in who had just stopped someone who “blew through Independence” at over 80 miles an hour. Even they were a little surprised that he never even tried to slow down. The radar signs coming into the towns along 395 routinely register speeds in the 50’s or 60’s, and cars who do slow close to the speed limit get passed like they were standing still.

    The only surprising thing is that more accidents don’t happen.

  9. Art La Cues July 6, 2020 at 9:32 pm #

    It’s also a racetrack through Independence. Where is law enforcement? Where is the concern from the Board of Supervisors?

  10. David Dennison July 6, 2020 at 8:57 pm #

    Quite frankly,with my living in Lone Pine,it surprises me this sort of thing doesn’t happen on a daily basis.
    Many,many speeders through town seemingly allowed to speed through town with little or no enforcement,even on the so-called “extra enforcement” three-day holiday weekends.
    When I do my laundry in town and sit on the bench at the Lone Pine Rock Shop waiting on things to get done, I’ve seen vehicles going at least 65 MPH through town in the 25 MPH speed limit.
    If anyone might think I’m just bitching,complaining and exaggerating about that,ask anyone that lives in Lone Pine…us living here see it on a daily basis.
    And we rarely see anytype of Law Enforcement vehicles present and trying to control that problem.


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