Driver, victim survive accident |

Driver, victim survive accident

An Auburn woman was released from the hospital Monday afternoon after she struck a recumbent trike with a disabled rider, then crashed into a dirt embankment in her Pontiac Grand Am, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The two incidents occurred Sunday evening on Highway 174 just south of Day Road.

According to the CHP, Debbie Sharp, 41, of Auburn hit Douglas Coulter, 53, of Grass Valley as he was riding his three-wheel recumbent adaptive wheelchair.

“She hit my elbow and now I’ve got road rash,” Coulter said Monday. “My chair was pretzeled.”

He said he rides the “trike” – similar to recumbent wheelchair – because of an accident four years ago in which he shattered his ankle.

Coulter said Sharp seemed to be driving about 50 miles per hour, although the CHP has not determined how fast Sharp was driving.

He said he was knocked onto the road after impact.

According to the CHP, Sharp continued driving and as she rounded a turn, she allowed her Pontiac to go off the road and into a raised dirt embankment.

Sharp’s car continued in a counter-clockwise direction across the highway, down a dirt shoulder and into a tree.

He was not wearing her seatbelt and Sharp sustained major injuries, according to the CHP.

Sharp was transported by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries.

Hospital spokeswoman Robin Montgomery said Sharp was released Monday afternoon.

Coulter said Monday he considers himself lucky.

“The impact should have shattered my elbow,” he said.


To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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