REDDING, Calif. - A fatal accident on Airport Road Tuesday afternoon appears to be alcohol related according to police.
A press release issued by the Redding Police Department said Max Charles Magnussen, 51, of Redding was driving a white Ford Aerostar van at a high rate of speed down Fig Tree Lane after leaving the Epperson Flea Market when he attempted to pass 56-year-old Cindy Kelman. As he attempted to pass her Magnussen sideswiped the Mazda Miata Kelman was driving and continued westbound on Fig Tree Lane towards Airport Road.
Police said Magnussen then turned northbound on Airport Road still driving at a high rate of speed. According to witnesses Magnussen was driving recklessly and passing vehicles.
As Magnussen approached the intersection of Airport and Shasta View Drive he attempted to pass a white 2002 Toyota Sienna driven by Martha Jacobson, 74, of Redding. Police said this is when the Ford Aerostar struck the rear of the Toyota Sienna, drifted off the east shoulder and lost control causing the vehicle to roll.
Magnussen was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Kelman and Jacobson were not injured in the two separate collisions.
According to police alcohol was located at the scene and appears to be a factor in the collision. Magnussen had a suspended driver's license and was on probation for a drug violation.
Airport Road was closed between Shasta View and Knighton road for several hours as investigators examined the scene.