Rough and Ready woman faces charges in connection with motorcyclist’s death
A Rough and Ready woman faces a vehicular manslaughter charge after a Highway 49 wreck left a motorcyclist dead, the California Highway Patrol said.
Authorities said Timothy Johnston, 38, of Grass Valley, died in the crash.
Destiny Marie Schwartz, 21, faces two felony accusations: vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence; and driving while under the influence and committing an act that causes injury to another, Nevada County Jail reports state.
Arrested Thursday evening, Schwartz remained jailed Friday under $75,000 in bond, records state.
Authorities arrested Schwartz after the 5 p.m. crash on Highway 49, near Cherry Creek Road, Officer James Cornwall said.
Driving a Ford Explorer south on Highway 49, Schwartz allowed the vehicle to drift right. She lost control of the vehicle when it struck a raised, concrete curb, which sent the Explorer swerving back and forth between the north and southbound lanes, Cornwall said.
According to the officer, the Explorer began rolling. It then collided with a northbound Honda XR Dual Sport motorcycle.
The Explorer came to rest on its side, blocking the northbound lane. The motorcycle stopped on the east shoulder, slightly north of the Explorer, the officer said.
Officers determined Schwartz caused the collision. She was under the influence of marijuana and possibly prescription drugs, Cornwall said.
Traffic was blocked or delayed for over an hour, he said.
To contact City Editor Alan Riquelmy, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4239.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Connect with needs and opportunities from
Get immediate access to organizations and people in our area that need your help or can provide help during the Coronavirus crisis.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User