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Fatal crash victim identified

A Southern California woman has been identified as the victim of Sunday’s fatal crash on Highway 49 near the South Yuba River, and her husband remains in critical condition with major injuries.

Anita Mellott, 70, of Mountain Center in Riverside County, was ejected from the motorcycle side-car she was riding in, according to Officer Earl Cummins of the California Highway Patrol.

Mellott died at the scene one mile south of Independence Trail near Sun Shadow Circle about 10:30 a.m.

Husband John Mellot, 72, lost control of his southbound 2001 BMW motorcycle in a curve, crossed the double yellow lines and slammed head-on into a 1995 Chevrolet van, Cummins said.

Mr. Mellot was listed in critical condition Monday at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, according to spokeswoman Robin Montgomery.

Van driver Fumeei Wu, 44, of Nevada City and her passenger, Jeff Gottseman, 50, of Berkeley, were not injured, Cummins said.

Upon impact, Mr. Mellot was thrown into the windshield of Wu’s vehicle, causing compound fractures to the right arm and leg, Cummins said.

Mellot also suffered injuries to his left arm and hand and was flown to Sutter-Roseville by helicopter.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call 477-4237.

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