Woman still serious from wreck – teen could be cited
Senior Staff Writer
A Colfax woman badly injured in a Penn Valley collision remains in serious condition and the teen who allegedly pulled in front of her vehicle may be cited.
Deborah Miller, 56, was serious but stable at the intensive care unit at Sutter Roseville Medical Center Monday, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Pingree.
The March 31 accident at Highway 20 and Rough and Ready Highway is still being investigated and no citations have been issued, he said.
Initial CHP reports said the teen took a left turn against a red light onto Rough and Ready Highway in front of Miller’s vehicle, which was westbound on Highway 20.
Pingree said the teen could be cited for having underage passengers in her pickup truck as a newly licensed driver. One male and one female teen were injured in the crash along with the female teen driver.
State law says new teen drivers can’t have passengers under 25 years old unless accompanied by an adult who is 25 or older, Pingree said.
The three teens in the vehicle suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. That wasn’t the case for Miller.
Her sister, Meg Miller, of Reno, recently sent an e-mail to The Union saying her injuries were much more extensive than first reported.
Miller faces surgeries and at least one year of recovery after suffering a broken jaw, arm, pelvis, ribs and crushed neck vertebrae, her sister said. She also suffered liver and spleen injuries.
Meanwhile, the CHP has determined a mid-March accident to be the fault of the pedestrian injured in the incident.
Gary Garton, 67, was crossing Greenhorn Road March 14, when a vehicle being driven by Virginia Trapani, 58, of Grass Valley, struck him.
“He was crossing the road and wasn’t in a crosswalk,” Pingree said. Because the road had no lights and was dark, it was Garton’s responsibility to cross safely, Pingree said.
Garton suffered serious injuries, but has since been dismissed from Sutter Roseville Medical Center, according to hospital spokeswoman Robin Montgomery.
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4237.
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