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DUI wreck sends four to hospital

JEREMY MORRISON, Sun News Service

A head-on traffic accident on Highway 89 sent four people to the hospital Saturday, Feb. 3 and one to jail for driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to the California Highway Patrol’s accident report, a northbound Toyota Starlet began fishtailing when the driver tried to regain control after driving onto the shoulder of the road. With the driver unable to regain control, the vehicle veered into the opposite lane.

As it crossed the center line, the Starlet entered the path of a southbound Toyota Four Runner. Although the Four Runner’s driver swerved to the right to avoid impact, the Starlet struck the vehicle on its left rear side.

The Four Runner was sent into a counterclockwise spin across the highway; the vehicle overturned several times and ejected the driver before coming to a rest off the east shoulder of the roadway.

The driver of the Four Runner, 49-year-old Gary David Willis, of Antioch, received major injuries and was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital. Three of the truck’s passengers, a 14, 15 and 17-year-old, were also transported to the hospital for injuries. A fourth passenger, also a minor, was not injured.

The driver of the Starlet, Chaquita L. O’Sullivan, 25, of Olympic Valley, was arrested for alleged DUI; she was not injured.

O’Sullivan was booked into the Placer County Jail in Auburn and her bail has been set at $25,000.

She is currently awaiting arraignment.


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