Colfax Highway crash victim in fair condition |

Colfax Highway crash victim in fair condition

A woman injured in a recent Colfax Highway head-on collision was in fair condition Monday at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, spokeswoman Sarah Hyde said.

Fiona Drennan, 22, from Antelope, had been flown to the hospital and taken into emergency surgery after the 1995 Toyota Tercel in which she was traveling crossed the center line and struck an oncoming SUV at the edge of town, according to Grass Valley police.

The driver of the Mercury, a 17-year-old Grass Valley boy, was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital complaining of pain in his foot and toes. The hospital does not release information about minors.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Rodriguez, the Grass Valley driver of the car in which Drennan was a passenger already was facing charges he had beaten Drennan, to whom he is married, according to documents at the Nevada County Courthouse.

Rodriguez, 27 and unemployed, remained in custody Monday at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility. He has not been charged in connection with the accident but was booked into jail on suspicion of felony reckless driving and violating a court order to prevent domestic violence.

The court order had been issued in connection with allegations he had abused Drennan in early January, “resulting in a traumatic condition,” according to charges filed by the District Attorney’s office on Jan. 4.

He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, according to jail records.

Rodriguez had previously served a prison term for a 1998 conviction of felony grand theft, according to the Jan. 4 charges.

He also served two concurrent, two-year prison sentences on a 2000 case in which he was convicted of battery against a school employee and threatening a witness, court documents show.

Rodriguez is scheduled to enter a plea in the corporal injury case at 1 p.m. Thursday.


To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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