2 die in Yuba County wreck, authorities say | TheUnion.com

2 die in Yuba County wreck, authorities say

Alan Riquelmy
Staff Writer

Two people died in a Wednesday morning wreck on Highway 49, south of Camptonville in Yuba County, the California Highway Patrol said.

The wreck happened around 10:20 a.m. near Marysville Road. Zsophia Lighstep, 20, of Dobbins, was driving a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder south when it drifted into oncoming traffic. That led to a collision with a northbound 2006 Toyota Scion driven by an unnamed 17-year-old Grass Valley woman, Officer Greg Tassone said.

“Ms. Lighstep became distracted by a beverage in the center console and looked away from the roadway, causing the Nissan to cross into the northbound lane, directly into the path of the Toyota,” a release states.

The woman driving the Scion swerved into the oncoming lane in a failed attempt to avoid the Pathfinder. The collision sent the Scion down a 20-foot embankment. The Scion’s two male passengers — one of them a 20-year-old Grass Valley resident — died, Tassone said.

Lighstep declined medical transport. The Scion’s driver was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, the officer said.

The wreck led to traffic delays for a few hours, Tassone said.

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

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