UPDATE: Driver Arrested After DUI Crash That Closed Stony Point Road

The accident was near West Sierra Lane.

Correction, 1:50 p.m. Tuesday:

The female in this morning's collision was driving a Ford Edge, not Escape. She has been flown to Stanford Hospital with major injuries--from Jon Sloat, CHP spokesman.

Update, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday:

A Sebastopol man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a head-on crash that closed Stony Point Road near Cotati this morning, a CHP officer said.

Ben Rhoades, 19, was driving a Ford F-250 truck south on Stony Point Road just south of Sierra Avenue when the crash happened around 8:30 a.m., CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

The truck crossed over the double-yellow line and struck a northbound Ford Escape head-on, Sloat said. The Escape overturned and landed on its roof, Sloat said.

Rhoades and the driver of the Escape, Vicki Siefer, 46, of Novato, suffered major injuries that included broken bones and internal injuries, Sloat said.

Both drivers were extricated from their vehicles by the Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District and were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Sloat said. They are both expected to survive.

Rhoades was arrested at the hospital for DUI, Sloat said.

The collision closed Stony Point Road for about an hour and a half, he said.

By Bay City News Service

Update 11:24 a.m.: A two-vehicle injury crash is blocking lanes in both directions on Stony Point Road near Cotati this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash, in which one vehicle overturned, was reported at 8:33 a.m. near West Sierra Avenue, CHP officials said.

According to the CHP, victims had to be extricated from at least one of the vehicles involved in the crash.

It appears the crash was a head-on collision, according to the CHP.


The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating an injury traffic collision involving an overturned vehicle on Stony Point Rd near West Sierra. The traffic lanes are blocked in both direction. Expect delays in the area. Use US 101 as your alternate route.

We will update the story as soon as we can

Stay with us for updates.

Claudia Siefer December 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM
My sister Vicki is in intensive care and will have many many trials if she is able to pull through this with the help of the most advanced medical care available at Stanford Medical Center. I want to thank young Ben Rhoades and all others who think drinking/tweaking and driving are excellent life choices. WAY to GO DUDE! WAY to GO!!!!!!
Claudia Siefer December 12, 2012 at 06:55 AM
I misled with my previous email. Vicki has a torn aorta and is still in surgery as far as I know. Hope Ben Rhoades had a pleasant evening. We certainly didn't. There are lots of consequences to poor decisions and one of them is a mind that won't let you rest from wreaking such havoc on an innocent victim of your actions. WAY TO GO BEN! WAY TO GO!
Joe December 12, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Very sad story but glad she has family to help, One of the most important things to take from this incident is that this man had a choice and now he cant go back and take back that selfish choice he made. he will have lots of time to think about this considering hes getting a felony dui which means well not be seeing him on the road for quite some time. Vicki is in all of our prayers... STAY STRONG
Taylor December 12, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I am so sorry to hear about your sister and I hope more than anything she pulls through! I know Ben personally, and although he made a very poor decision that he will carry around for the rest of his life, along with his family, friends, and yours as well, he is not a bad person. Just a kid who got caught up on the wrong path, and unfortunately your sister crossed it. There is no justification for his decision, I just hope with time forgiveness can be given. I lost my brother to a drug and alcohol involved accident so I completely understand where you are coming from, and how angry you are. Your family is in my thoughts!!!


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