ID of pedestrian killed in Hwy 49 accident released |

ID of pedestrian killed in Hwy 49 accident released

by liz kellar
Staff Writer

A 90-year-old man who was killed as he tried to cross Highway 49 Tuesday has been identified as David Marsh, of Grass Valley.

Marsh tried to cross the highway on foot at the intersection of La Barr Meadows Road at about 12:36 p.m., said California Highway patrol spokesman Marc Morrison.

Marsh was on the east side of the highway and started crossing the road, directly in front of a Camaro being driven by Stella Marie Pattie, 95, of Grass Valley.

Pattie tried to brake but hit Marsh with the front of her car, Morrison said.

Marsh was "vaulted" into the air and landed in the middle of the intersection, sustaining a fatal head injury, Morrison said. Pattie was uninjured.

Passenger ejected from Jeep flown to Roseville

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A second accident later in the day sent a county resident to Roseville with a "significant" head injury.

A 1959 Jeep being driven by Errol Christman, 72, was eastbound on McCourtney Road when Christman allegedly turned left toward the Highway 20 on-ramp, directly in the path of another vehicle, just before 3:30 p.m.

The other driver, Jay Cooper, 56, was driving a Monte Carlo and was unable to avoid the Jeep, said Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks.

On impact, the Jeep's passenger, identified as Albert Cole, 61, was ejected. According to Marks, the Jeep did not have seatbelts or doors due to its age.

Cole sustained head injuries and was eventually transported by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he is reported to be in serious condition.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call (530) 477-4229.

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