Fatal crash multiplies family’s loss
Patricia Lason, whose 9-year-old grandson died in a south county motorcycle accident in April, was killed Sunday as she drove along Highway 49 just south of Grass Valley.
Lason, 78, of Grass Valley, was driving a 1997 Toyota Rav4 south on Highway 49 at 6:19 p.m. north of Lady Jane Road, when she crossed the center of the road on a curve for an unknown reason and struck a Toyota Corolla, driven by 44-year-old David Dokimos of Rough and Ready.
California Highway Patrol officer George Kirbyson said Patricia Lason, who was born without hands, was driving with a valid driver’s license and that her disability most likely was not the cause of the crash.
The Corolla spun 180 degrees on its wheels. Dokimos was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with cuts to his face, Kirbyson said.
After the impact, Lason continued and struck an embankment, where her SUV overturned. She reportedly was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car. She died from major head injuries, according to the CHP.
Patricia Lason was the mother of Larry Lason, whose 9-year-old son, Tyler, was killed April 10 when his small motorcycle collided with another motorist on the private street where the Lason family lived.
Tyler Lason was riding near his home on Creek View Drive when a Chevrolet Blazer driven by 42-year-old Dale Traylor of Penn Valley came around a bend and collided with the boy’s motorcycle.
Traylor faces charges of vehicular manslaughter and made his first court appearance Monday. At the Nevada County Courthouse Monday, Larry Lason declined comment on his mother’s death.
Michelle Glenn, who lives a few doors down from the Lason home, said Monday evening that she and Patricia Lason drew closer after the death of Tyler, her only grandchild.
Patricia Lason volunteered in her son’s Pleasant Ridge Elementary School classroom and enjoyed painting and drawing, Glenn said.
“She was absolutely adorable. She never let (her disability) bring her down,” Glenn said. “She was your typical grandma-type. A sweetie pie.”
Glenn said Larry Lason was in a somber mood Monday.
“I don’t know how someone can get through all that,” Glenn said.
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