Crash at busy 49 intersection sends one to hospital
Senior Staff Writer
Officers are investigating a spectacular accident that sent one person to the hospital, Officer Daniel Wright of the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.
Two people suffered minor injures in the wreck Monday at the busy intersection of Highway 49 and Combie Road in southern Nevada County.
Jesse Maclean, 33, of Sacramento was northbound on Highway 49 at 12:55 p.m. in his Subaru when he failed to notice the light was red, Wright said.
Janice Mitsuda, 47, of Auburn, was crossing the highway from Combie to Wolf Road when she noticed the Subaru approaching at a high rate of speed and slammed on the brakes of her BMW, Wright said.
Maclean swerved to the left, but still collided with the BMW, causing his Subaru to turn over, Wright said. His vehicle eventually ended up on its top, blocking the southbound lanes of the highway.
An ambulance transported Maclean from the scene to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley, where he was treated and released for a cut to the head. Mitsuda complained of pain to the right leg, but she was not hospitalized.
An investigation is continuing and there is a possibility Maclean will be cited, Wright said.
Vehicle over cliff
In an unrelated wreck, a Grass Valley woman will face a drunken driving charge after her vehicle plunged 50 feet over a cliff Saturday night near the town of Washington.
Jeanie Craft, 55, was eastbound on Maybert Road about 10 p.m. when her vehicle dropped off the road due to her alleged intoxication, California Highway Patrol Officer Earl Cummins said.
Craft was not wearing a seat belt. She suffered facial injuries and was flown by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Cummins said. She was treated and released Sunday, according to hospital spokeswoman Robin Montgomery.
Passenger Kevin Potter, 56, of Washington, was wearing his lap seat belt and was not injured, Cummins said.
Craft will be charged with driving under the influence now that she is out of the hospital, he said.
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4237.
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