17-year-old injured in wreck | TheUnion.com

17-year-old injured in wreck

A 17-year-old Nevada City man was seriously injured in an early morning vehicle crash when the car he was riding in ran into a tree.

The driver, 19-year-old Tim Shetterly of Auburn was arrested at the scene of the Banner Lava Cap Road crash for allegedly drinking a beer while he was driving the sport utility vehicle and being under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred at about 2 a.m.

Because of his age, the California Highway Patrol did not reveal the name of the 17-year-old victim, who was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the SUV.

At the time of the crash, Shetterly was driving his 1974 Chevrolet Blazer north on Banner Lava Cap Road at 30 mph. He had two passengers in addition to the victim – Sean Jackson, 18, and Kyle Casci, 18 – according to the highway patrol.

Just south of Repose Lane, the driver was unable to control the SUV and allowed it to drift to the right and strike a pine tree, where the Blazer overturned.

The 17-year-old was riding in the front and was not wearing a seat belt. He was ejected, sustained major internal injuries and was taken by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

His condition was not known Sunday.

The other two passengers received minor injuries and were not hospitalized. Shetterly also received minor injuries and was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury, driving with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 causing bodily injury and driving with a license suspended for a previous conviction of driving under the influence.

His bail was set at $25,000.

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