Coroner ID’s Victim Of Fatal Crash In Millville

A driver who was killed in Millville when a tree fell on his car has been identified by the Shasta County Coroners Office as 38-year-old Samuel Benjamin Franklin. The Redding man was driving a Ford Excursion westbound on Old 44 Drive in Downtown Millville west of Twin Avenue just after 4 O’clock Saturday afternoon in the midst of a thunderstorm. The heavy rain and wind caused a large tree to fall over onto the SUV, and the impact pushed the large vehicle off the road, where it smashed into another tree. Franklin suffered major injuries and the 13-year-old girl in the passenger seat suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported to Mercy Hospital, where Franklin was pronounced deceased.


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