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2 critical; driver may have been DUI

Two people remained in critical condition Monday while their alleged driver faces possible felony charges from a weekend crash on Cement Hill Road.

Nathaniel Ladendorf, 26, and Emily Guinaugh, 24, both of San Diego, are being treated at Sutter Roseville Medical Center for injuries caused by the Saturday crash north of Indian Flat Road.

The alleged driver, 25-year-old Robert K. Brewer Jr. of Nevada City, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence. He later posted $10,000 bail at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

At about 12:35 a.m. Saturday, Brewer lost control of a 2002 Dodge pickup on a curve. The truck drifted off the road and hit a power pole, then rolled over more than once before landing on its wheels, California Highway Patrol spokesman Troy Marks said.

Ladendorf suffered a broken spine; Guinaugh has a broken femur and pelvis, and a ruptured bladder, according to Marks.

Brewer complained of pain to his right calf; a 21-year-old woman also in the truck was uninjured, Marks said.

Two others were hurt in a Saturday crash on Highway 174 east of Meadow Drive.

Lucille Cordoza, 85, of Grass Valley was in serious condition Monday at Sutter Roseville, and 17-year-old Kristin Meyer of Penn Valley was in good condition, a spokeswoman said Monday.

At about 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Marks said, their vehicles collided head-on after Cordoza’s westbound 1988 Cadillac crossed into the eastbound lane and struck Meyer’s 1992 Honda Prelude.

Meyer wasn’t wearing a seat belt, but her 16-year-old passenger and Cordoza were, according to Marks.

He said it’s unclear why Cordoza drove into oncoming traffic.

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