NAPA COUNTY, Calif. — An 18-year-old from Todd was killed in a single-car crash in rural Napa County, Sunday, June 23, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Michaella M. Hanifan, a former student at Watauga High School, was riding in the passenger seat of a 2018 Porsche, driven by her 21-year-old sister, Finnuala Hanifan, at 10:47 p.m. According to the CHP’s report of the collision, the vehicle was heading south on Atlas Peak Road, “at a high rate of speed.”
For reasons still under investigation, Finnuala Hanifan lost control of the vehicle and drove off of the western side of the road, colliding with an irrigation culvert. The vehicle continued south before striking two wooden poles and a traffic signal and overturning.
Finnuala Hanifan was transported to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in nearby Vacaville, California. Michaella Hanifan was pronounced dead at the scene by the American Medical Response EMS who arrived.
CHP Public Information Officer Marc Renspurger confirmed the CHP is currently investigating whether or not substances were a factor in the crash.
A memorial service for Michaella Hanifan will be Friday, July 5, at the Twickenham House and Hall in Jefferson. The reception will be at 2 p.m., followed with a memorial service at 3 p.m. Parking for the event will be at Bristol Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to Iris Global Missions.
The Watauga Democrat will provide updates for this story as they are made available.