Five teens injured in wreck |

Five teens injured in wreck

John HartFive teenagers were hurt after their car struck a tree in Nevada City about 2 a.m Wednesday. Two were airlifted by helicopter and the others were transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
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Five teens were hurt, two critically, after their car struck a tree early Wednesday morning in Nevada City, according to police.

Of the five, two went by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where two arrived by ambulance, Sgt. Lorin Gage said.

Airlifted to Roseville were Stephanie Brown, 18, and Eric L. Hodges, 17, according to police and a dispatch log, and both were in critical condition.

Stephen Cicatelli and an unidentified 17-year-old girl went to Roseville by ambulance, Gage said, and Cicatelli was in fair condition while the girl’s status wasn’t available.

The driver, 18-year-old Christopher M. Riley, went by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, police report. Wednesday night, a supervising nurse had no record that he was still there.

The crash occurred about 2 a.m. on Gold Flat Road, near Sneath Clay Road. The teens’ southbound1997 Chevy Camaro missed a curve and struck a tree.

The crash awakened the tree owner, Dale Mahan, who lives with his wife and their two young boys. The impact, he said, damaged his porch, which is next to the tree.

“It was like, walk out my door and the car is sitting right in front of me,” he said. He said one man was on his feet outside the car, urgently asking for help, while another was on the ground, the car resting on his leg.

Gage said it appears alcohol was involved and that the car was exceeding the 35 mph speed limit, but the crash remains under investigation.

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