Hillis clean of alcohol, drugs
No alcohol or drugs were found in the system of the 17-year-old Colusa High senior who died in a Sept. 21 crash on Lonestar Road, the Colusa County Coroner’s Office reported.
The toxicology report on Jordan Hillis came back negative, the California Highway Patrol confirmed.
The CHP had already ruled out road rage and road racing as causes of the deadly crash.
However, Hillis was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the Ford Explorer he was driving, the CHP determined.
The agency reported that Hillis and the driver of a pickup truck, both heading south on Lonestar Road, had passed each other a couple of times as they apparently sped up and slowed down on the two-lane rural road.
Hillis had started to pass again, saw oncoming traffic, and as he returned to the southbound lane behind the truck, the SUV went onto the shoulder.
As Hillis brought the Explorer back onto the paved roadway, he overcorrected and the SUV rolled several times before it came to rest on its wheels in an irrigation ditch about 10 feet off the northbound shoulder, the CHP reported.
Hillis suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
The driver of the truck did not stop, and the CHP said may not have even known an accident had taken place behind him. There was no contact between the vehicles.