26 February 2015

Another Carbon Canyon Road Closure

Friday, 15 May: 7:30 p.m.  Today, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported that James Coffin, who has been held at county jail since his arrest in this horrible accident, has pled not guilty to murder charges.

Ir was also noted in the piece that Coffin has a prior DUI conviction, that having occurred in 2010.

Notably, while the article stated that "investigators believed alcohol was a factor in the collision," nothing was said about results from a sample that would show what the blood level was.  A court date, evidently, has not been set.

Sunday, 1 March: 4:30 p.m.  As thought below, the Champion did have a short article in its latest weekly edition dated yesterday concerning the fatal car crash on Carbon Canyon Road just east of Canyon Hills Road.  Here's the text from the paper:

Carbon Canyon fatal collision

Tammy Mae Seagraves of Chino Hills died Thursday night after her northbound Honda Civic was struck head on by a southbound car about 6:50 p.m. on Carbon Canyon Road approaching Canyon Hills Road, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Ms. Seagraves, 43, died shortly after arrival at a hospital in Chino Valley. Deputies said Ms. Seagraves’ vehicle collided with a southbound Saturn Ion driven by James Price Coffin, 30.

Mr. Coffin’s vehicle crossed the double yellow center line, according to the report. He was thrown from his car and was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton with non-life threatening injuries.

Mr. Coffin’s city of residence was not available. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the collision, according to the sheriff’s report. Anyone with information may contact Deputy P. Ortiz or Deputy N. Clark, 387-3545.

Here's another article from the Riverside Press-Enterprise:

Chino Hills:  Head-on crash kills 43 year-old woman

A 43-year-old Chino Hills resident was killed Thursday night, Feb. 26, in a head-on collision in Chino Hills, the San Bernardino County coroner's office said Friday.
About 6:40 p.m., James Coffin, 30, was driving a red Saturn Ion south on Carbon Canyon Road, approaching Canyon Hills Road, when he crossed over the center double yellow line and struck a gray Honda Civic head-on, a Sheriff's Department news release said.
The Honda driver, Tammy Mae Seagraves, was hospitalized and died at Chino Hills Medical Center.
Coffin was ejecteand was hospitalized at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton with what were described as injuries that were not life threatening. Coffin was described as a suspect in the crash in which alcohol was believed to be a factor, the release said.

Friday night, 7 p.m.:  This was a fatal accident according to a comment left here as well as a City of Chino Hills emergency alert update.  Perhaps some details will be available in a forthcoming issue of the Champion, unless someone out there knows more.

Here we go again . . .

From the Chino Hills Web site emergency alert page:

February 26, 2015 7:39 PM

Carbon Canyon Road is Closed in the Vicinity of Canyon Hills Road (Circle K)

8:15 update
Carbon Canyon Road is closed due to a major traffic accident between Canon Lane and Canyon Hills. The closure is expected to last several hours. From the Chino Hills side motorists have access to Canon Lane. From the Brea side, Brea Police Department is checking i.d. and allowing Olinda Village and Sleepy Hollow residents access. Additional information will be posted as it is available.

Thursday, Feb. 26th 7:30 pm - Carbon Canyon Road is closed due to a major traffic accident near Canon Lane. The closure is expected to last several hours. From the Chino Hills side, motorists have access to the vicinity of Canon Lane. Brea Police Department is allowing Olinda Village residents access. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.


SSaltmeris said...

Another FATAL Traffic accident.

prs said...

Hello SSaltmeris, thanks for the clarification. A City of Chino Hills alert from early this morning updated their info, saying it was a fatality. There might be some info in this week's Champion.

Anonymous said...

That was my sister in law that passed due to drunk driving

prs said...

Dear Anonymous, it was very sad to hear about your sister-in-law's passing. This is something many of us who live in the canyon are concerned about as we drive on Carbon Canyon Road. Please pass on our condolences to the Seagraves family.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences to your family, especially her husband and kids. My prayers are with all of you.

SSaltmeris said...

Dear Anonymous:
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please convey my sincerest condolences to the entire Seagrave families. It is never fair that the drunk driver survives and the innocent does not. He will get what he deserves, but it won't replace the life he took. My thoughts are with you all.

Anonymous said...


I'm sorry to hear about Tammy. I meet her at my eye doctor appts. My heart goes out to your family and to her husband and children.

A patient at UCI

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for all those involved- both for Tammy Mae and her loved ones, and James and his. It's terrible that Tammy Mae died so needlessly, but I don't think it was unfortunate that Jame's life was spared. Two deaths wouldn't have made this tragedy any better. I hope that Tammy Mae's family will come to find some peace in forgiveness, for their sakes. I hope that James will keep Tammy Mae in his thoughts each day for the rest of his life, and be motivated to do good in her memory (even if it is from a jail cell).

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