Tahoe City woman, 25, killed in Highway 89 rollover
December 5, 2012
TAHOE CITY — One local woman was killed and another severely injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Iuliana Leonte, 25, of Tahoe City was traveling at about 40-45 mph northbound in a 2002 Jeep on Highway 89 north of Fairway Drive at about 7:45 a.m. Monday when she lost control during a "sweeping right turn in the roadway," according to Truckee CHP.
The Jeep turned to the left, crossing both lanes, then left the west side of the road and overturned into two pine trees bordering the highway, according to CHP. The force of the collision caused fatal injuries to Leonte's passenger, 25-year-old Andreea Enache, also of Tahoe City.
Leonte suffered major injuries in the wreck and was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee. An update on her condition was unknown as of Thursday.
While chain control restrictions were not in effect at the time of the collision, the road was icy, a CHP spokesman said Thursday, although it remained unclear as of Thursday the exact cause of the incident, which is still being investigated. The highway patrol has determined drugs and alcohol were not a contributing factor.
Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Truckee CHP office at (530) 582-7505.
Officials with the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Placer County Sheriff's Office and Squaw Valley Fire Department also responded to the incident.
Kevin MacMillan is Managing Editor of the Truckee Sun, a sister publication of The Union.