CHP: Auto crash victim suicidal |

CHP: Auto crash victim suicidal

California Highway Patrol officials have released the name of the man who was seriously injured when his sport-utility vehicle went over an embankment on the San Juan Ridge Jan. 10.

CHP officer Greg Thys said Ronald Meadows, 49, of Sacramento, attempted to kill himself by purposely not going around a curve on Pleasant Valley Road near Buttermilk Bend around 7 a.m.

Meadows was in critical condition at Sutter Roseville Medical Center Tuesday.

Thys said Meadows has been in a coma since arriving at the hospital.

Meadows was driving south on Pleasant Valley in his 1985 Chevrolet Blazer and went over an embankment. The SUV fell 70 feet before a tree broke its fall.

Penn Valley and North San Juan firefighters, a Penn Valley ambulance and a Calstar helicopter responded around 9:30 a.m. when a passing motorist noticed the SUV in the ravine.

Meadows had to be extricated and hauled back to the road, where he was airlifted to Sutter Roseville several hours later.

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