Injured GV man faces drunk-driving charges |

Injured GV man faces drunk-driving charges

A 21-year-old Grass Valley man is in critical condition and facing drunken driving charges from a Sunday crash that also injured his passenger, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Aaron Ciaffoni was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with major head trauma and a ruptured spleen after crashing a Toyota pickup on Highway 20 west of Willow Valley Road, CHP spokesman Troy Marks said Monday.

Ciaffoni was arrested at Sutter Roseville on suspicion of felony drunken driving and released to medical staff, Marks said.

His passenger, a 16-year-old Grass Valley boy, was in serious condition with fractures to both ankles and a broken right tibia and fibula – bones connecting the knee and ankle. He also suffered a concussion and facial lacerations, Marks said.

A Sutter Roseville nurse said the teen was transferred to the University of California at Davis Medical Center for vascular surgery.

At about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Ciaffoni and the teen were westbound, returning from Bowman Lake, when the pickup went off the right side of the road at Harmony Ridge and struck a tree, Marks said.

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