Fatal wreck in Alta Sierra leads to vehicular manslaughter charge
A man facing criminal charges after a fatal weekend wreck on Alta Sierra Drive is out on bond, Nevada County Jail records state.
Eric Kenney Day, 50, of Newcastle, faces charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and DUI/drugs causing bodily injury. Arrested Saturday night, he’s since been freed on $75,000 in bond, reports state.
The wreck, which happened around 6 p.m. near Alta Sierra and Francis drives, led to the death of 59-year-old Michelle Shaw, of Roseville, who was riding in Day’s 1992 Geo Metro, authorities said.
According to officers, Day was speeding west on Alta Sierra Drive when the wreck occurred. He couldn’t negotiate a curve near of Francis Drive, left the road and became airborne. The vehicle then hit a 4-foot culvert along the roadway and began to roll.
“Neither of them were wearing seat belts,” said Officer Greg Tassone, with the California Highway Patrol.
The wreck threw Day and Shaw throughout the car, with Shaw positioned halfway out the driver’s window as the vehicle rolled. She then was pinned under the vehicle when it came to a stop, authorities said.
“She received massive injuries,” Tassone said.
Day exited the vehicle through the rear hatch, but couldn’t help Shaw. A witness to the crash called 911, leading first-responders to arrive and free her. Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
According to Tassone, alcohol was the main factor in the wreck.
Officers arrested Day and booked him that night into the Nevada County Jail, reports state.
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