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Tuesday, 05 February 2008 07:58

Major Vehicle Accidents

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Two major vehicle accidents occurred over the weekend, with one ending in a fatality. The first occurred early Sunday afternoon on Stoney Creek Road north of Buena Vista Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, a 38-year old Stockton man was riding his motorcycle at about 35 mph when he saw gravel in the road, applied his brakes hard, causing his motorcycle to swerve in front of a car driven by a 26-year old Valley Springs woman. She was unable to avoid hitting the motorcyclist head-on – the Stockton man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second accident occurred on Sutter Creek Volcano Road late Sunday afternoon. According to witnesses, the driver of this car drifted off the side of the road east of Greenstone Road, over the embankment until it struck a tree. The driver was said to have been unconscious for some period of time and medics called for a helicopter which took Patricia Jolley, 57, of Sutter Creek to Mercy San Juan Hospital. CHP later arrested Jolley for driving under the influence of alcohol. pm Bill Lavallie contributed to this story. 


Amador CHP officers made 2 more DUI arrests this weekend. Richard Lamb, 73, of Volcano, allowed his car to drift off the edge of Ridge Road on Friday night. The car ran into a deep culvert – Lamb was not injured but CHP officers arrested him on suspicion of driving while under the influence. On Sunday, Ryan Moore, 18 of Ione was arrested after he drove off the roadway on Ridge Road, collided with a street sign and metal post, and then ran down a steep embankment. Fortunately, his seatbelt prevented him from being injured in the accident. CHP investigators did find that Moore was driving under the influence and was impaired at the time of the collision.
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