Here is the story:
Two people are dead after a fatal crash on highway 70 south of Oroville early Tuesday morning, August 8, 2017.
One of the deceased has been identified as Paul Inman, a longtime Caltrans employee on the way to work to Marysville when he was hit and killed on Highway 70.
"We grieve the loss of another coworker and it’s looking like it’s all because one person wasn't patient enough to drive the speed limit," said Ben Hargrove, Caltrans Resident Engineer.
California Highway Patrol Officer Ryan Lambert said it happened just before 6 a.m. between Ophir and Palermo roads.
Inman was traveling southbound when a woman driving northbound came over the center line.
"In excess of 100mph attempted to overtake a construction truck and collided head on with a southbound traveling vehicle," said Lambert.
The silver sedan with the woman inside caught fire when the two cars hit and both she and Inman died on scene.
Both CAL FIRE and CHP responded, but witnesses tell us there was nothing anybody could have done to help.
Highway 70 was closed for several hours as CHP officers investigated the scene all the while Caltrans workers stood by in shock.
From wife, Jennifer:
We are broken I'm sure you have all heard but in case you haven't my wonderful husband, Paul Inman was killed in a head on collision this morning on his way to work. Thank you for all you love and prayers. I lost my best friend and don't know how to go on without him.
From daughter, Taylor:
Today was by far the worst day of my life. This morning my amazing father was killed in a head on collision because some idiot was driving over 100 mph and swerving in and out of traffic. He was an amazing man we did everything together. I love you so much dad and I wish this wasn't true
**Thank you to everyone for all of your outpouring of love and support. All funding will go directly to Jennifer Inman for the many expenses that will need to be covered during this time. God Bless.**
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