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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.

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"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.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

Press release via California Highway Patrol:

On December 2, 2017 at approximately 5:56 p.m., Eric K. Day was traveling westbound on Alta Sierra Drive, east of Francis Drive in a 1992 Geo Metro at an unknown high rate of speed.

As Day approached Francis Drive he was unable to negotiate the curves in the roadway at the speed he was traveling and left the north road edge at the intersection of Francis Drive. The Geo became airborne and impacted a four-foot culvert ditch along the north roadway edge.

Due to neither party utilizing their seatbelt, they were not restrained within the passenger compartment of the Geo. Upon impact with the dirt embankment the Geo began to rollover onto its left side causing the passenger to be thrown toward Day and partially ejected through the driver side window.

The passenger became trapped under the left side of the Geo as it continued to roll. The Geo came to rest within the culvert ditch lying on its left side with the passenger trapped underneath causing fatal injuries.

Day was able to exit the Geo through the rear hatch and was unable to assist the passenger. A witness to the collision called 911 and attended to the collision scene.

Upon emergency personnel arrival the Geo was stabilized and the passenger was freed from underneath the Geo and CPR was administered.

The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol was determined to be a factor for the cause of the collision and Day was placed under arrest.

Further investigation is being conducted by the California Highway Patrol.