A wrong-way driver who died from her injuries in a Dec. 5 accident has been identified as Holtville resident Rhoda Jane Strahm, 82, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol.
celebration of life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 14 for Strahm in St. Paul’s
Lutheran Church in Holtville. Strahm was reportedly active in many community
organizations, especially her church, St. Paul’s, where she participated in the
died shortly after she was rushed to El Centro Regional Medical Center
following a head-on collision with another vehicle on Highway 111 around 5:20
p.m. Dec. 5, according to the Highway Patrol.
was reportedly driving the wrong way on the state route, going northbound in the
southbound lane near Evan Hewes Highway. The Highway Patrol, through 911 calls,
received multiple reports of a driver on the wrong side of 111 just prior to
Patrol reported Strahm was driving a 2017 Toyota when she collided with a 2003
Ford pickup driven by a 43-year-old Brawley resident who was heading south on
the highway just south of Aten Road. Highway Patrol reported officers responded
to the scene within minutes of being informed of a wrong-way driver in the
responders found the Toyota in the center median of the highway and the pickup on
the right shoulder. Officers on the scene attempted life-saving measures on
Strahm. The driver of the pickup was believed to have sustained a fractured
right leg in the accident. Both parties were transferred to ECRMC by ambulance.
Both drivers were wearing
seat belts and no impairment appears to be a factor in the collision, Highway