Driver of speeding Porsche killed in crash


The driver of a Porsche Boxster convertible died Friday afternoon when he collided with a flatbed truck on state Highway 12 near Kenwood, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The 55-year-old male driver, who has addresses in both Sonoma and San Francisco, was speeding up to 80 mph, passing cars and crossing double yellow lines on eastbound Highway 12 west of Dunbar Road when he lost control of his car around 1:40 p.m., CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

The driver drifted off the road onto the dirt shoulder, and before he could get control of the Porsche, he collided in the westbound lane with a GMC 3500 flatbed truck that struck the Porsche’s driver’s side door, Sloat said.

The driver of the truck, Gerardo Cervantes, 20, of Santa Rosa, and a passenger were not injured. The truck belongs to a Healdsburg contractor, Sloat said.

Initially westbound traffic was turned around at Trinity Road and eastbound traffic was being turned around at Warm Springs Road, the CHP said. Later one-way traffic was in effect until about 3:30 p.m.

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