Crash takes second life
A second victim has died from the June 11 auto collision that initially killed Cassandra Schley-May, 22, of Nevada City.
The Grass Valley California Highway Patrol office reported Tuesday that Glen Edmiston, 76, of Camptonville, died Monday from the injuries he suffered in the four-car accident on Highway 49.
The crash occurred when a Jeep Cherokee being driven by Kelli Townsend, 36, of Nevada City, collided with Schley-May’s Ford Festiva about one mile north of the Rood Administrative Center on Highway 49. Townsend’s spinning car reportedly hit Edmiston’s Chevrolet Malibu, leaving the sedan nearly upside-down in a roadside ditch.
CHP officer Dina Hernandez said her agency is recommending Townsend be charged with vehicular manslaughter, felony driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest and felony child endangerment.
The child endangerment charge stems from Townsend’s 5-year-old being in her vehicle at the time of the accident, Hernandez said. The DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges will be based on a field sobriety test taken at the scene and a blood test.
Hernandez said Edmiston’s death could lead to a recommendation for more charges against Townsend. The recommendations and full crash report will soon go to the district attorney’s office, Hernandez said.
Officers at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility said Townsend was released after a $35,000 bail bond was posted for her the day after the accident. She could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Lillian Edmiston, wife of crash victim Glen Edmiston, said Tuesday she mourns for Townsend’s family but wants the suspect’s driving privileges revoked.
“You can’t preach at people not to drink,” Lillian Edmiston said. “But how can we get her off the road? … We have to make sure she never gets behind the wheel again. She can’t be trusted.”
Lillian Edmiston said her husband was a high school principal and administrator for 30 years in Washington state and later in Live Oak. They met 38 years ago in Grass Valley.
After the collision, Glen Edmiston initially was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with broken ribs and then transferred to Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s intensive care unit.
“He was getting a little bit better, and Friday he took a turn for the worse,” Lillian Edmiston said. “The death certificate says it was caused by the accident.”
She said her husband “was devoted to young people. He was one big, good-natured guy.”
Services for Mr. Edmiston had not been scheduled Tuesday.
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