Weekend wrecks send 8 to hospital | TheUnion.com

Weekend wrecks send 8 to hospital

A Grass Valley man remained in custody Monday on suspicion of drunken driving after a head-on crash that left him and three other people injured.

Grass Valley resident Stephen Shandrew, 70, is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail, jail officials said, following a crash on Highway 174 near Union Hill School.

Shandrew was driving a 1998 Suzuki Esteem and allegedly made an abrupt left turn in front of a 2007 Subaru Forester driven by Rough and Ready resident James Dille, 74, late Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Roger Vancouwenberghe, 62, was riding in Dille’s vehicle. He suffered moderate injuries and was transported by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He was released Sunday, hospital spokeswoman Robin Montgomery said.

Passenger Joanne Vancouwenberghe, 62, had moderate injuries and was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, then released, a hospital employee said.

The Vancouwenberghes are from El Verano, Calif.

Dille suffered minor injuries, the CHP reported.

Shandrew had moderate injuries and was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, then released, hospital officials said.

A Grass Valley teenager was arrested after she rolled her mother’s car while allegedly drunk, injuring her two teen passengers.

A 16-year-old girl was driving a 2000 Audi A4 on Brewer Road in southern Nevada County at about 60 mph when she rolled the vehicle early Sunday morning, according to the CHP.

A 17-year-old Grass Valley girl sustained moderate injuries including bleeding from the head, and a 15-year-old Smartsville girl sustained a bump on the head, CHP said.

The driver was not injured, but all three girls were taken to the hospital, where they were later released. Brewer Road was closed for about 45 minutes after the accident.

Nevada County district attorneys had not reviewed the case as of Monday afternoon.

A solo vehicle accident on a misty Sunday afternoon sent a Nevada City man to the hospital, the CHP reported.

John Keyser, 60, was driving a 2000 Dodge Durango when the accident occurred on Highway 49 near Rush Creek Way, a few miles northwest of downtown Nevada City.

Keyser was transported by Sierra Nevada Ambulance, a witness said, but he was no longer at the hospital as of Monday, an employee said.

CHP officials did not have details on the cause of the accident.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail mrindels@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4247.

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