Nevada County wreck: Grass Valley man sent to hospital after hitting tree | TheUnion.com

Nevada County wreck: Grass Valley man sent to hospital after hitting tree

A Grass Valley man who struck a tree early Thursday on Highway 49 was ejected from his vehicle and has been charged with DUI, the California Highway Patrol said.

David Strutton, 52, was life-flighted to a Roseville hospital in serious condition after the 2:15 a.m. wreck near Old Downieville Highway. Strutton has since awoken and started speaking to nurses, Officer Greg Tassone said.

According to Tassone, Strutton’s 2004 Ford F250 was traveling toward town when it went off the road and into a tree. The force spun the vehicle around. It stopped in the highway, blocking travel in both directions.

"He was found in the roadway," Tassone said, noting Strutton wore no seat belt. "He was forcibly ejected out."

It took authorities 35 minutes to remove the pickup from the road, Tassone said.