A 19-year-old Grass Valley man was arrested after he allegedly fled the scene of a collision that injured an elderly couple and killed one of their dogs Monday.
Dylan Cody Rowe was driving a 2000 Buick Century westbound on Rough on Ready Highway at about 70 to 80 mph, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Dina Hernandez.
William Balandis, 81, was about to pull out of an animal clinic in a Hyundai SUV at the time of the accident just before noon Monday, Hernandez said.
As Balandis began to turn left, Rowe struck his vehicle head-on, according to the CHP website.
Balandis initially was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, but then was flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with chest pain, Hernandez said. He is in serious condition, said a hospital spokeswoman. His wife, Delores, 84, was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries.
The couple’s 15-year-old Shih Tzu was ejected through the windshield and was killed, Hernandez said. An 11-year-old German shepherd survived the accident but was taken back to the veterinarian for treatment.
Rowe allegedly immediately fled the scene on foot but was located by CHP officers at the Rough and Ready Post Office about a half-mile away. According to Hernandez, he made no attempt to call 911 or contact anyone about the wreck.
Rowe was booked into county jail on suspicion of hit and run causing injury and was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
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