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Several injured in wrecks

JOHN A. BAYLESS, Sierra Sun

Two separate automobile accidents during the past week left two people hospitalized with major injuries, authorities reported.

The first of the two accidents occurred on Thursday, March 25, when three vehicles collided on Highway 89 North near Hobart Mills Road at around 2 p.m.

According to a report by the California Highway Patrol, Victor Petreshene, 65, of San Raphael was driving his Honda Accord southbound on Highway 89 when he crossed into the northbound lane, as if to pass the vehicle immediately in front of him.

He realized that he was about to collide head-on with a GMC Jimmy, and swerved back into the southbound lane.

Authorities said the driver of the Jimmy, 61-year-old Roger Nyhart of Calpine, barked to avoid Petreshene’s vehicle but was unable to avoid striking its left side.

“At impact, the left front fender of the Jimmy ripped though the left side of the Honda and collided solidly with the “C” pillar of the Honda,” the CHP report stated.

“The impact partially ripped the Honda in half and caused the Jimmy to careen to the left.

While the Honda spun off the west side of the road, the Jimmy overturned and slid on its roof toward the rest of the southbound vehicles.”

Charlotte Aston, 23, of Olympic Valley, who was driving a Subaru wagon in the southbound lane, braked and swerved to the right, climbing the embankment to avoid the sliding Jimmy.

It struck her car on the left side as it slid past.

Petreshene suffered major injuries in the accident and was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital, and later airlifted to Washoe Medical Center in Reno. Bergman, who received minor injuries, was also taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital for treatment.

Interstate 80 accident

During the busy Memorial Day weekend, two Bay Area teens were seriously injured in an accident on Interstate 80 at Donner Gate on Sunday morning, May 28, CHP reported.

According to CHP reports, Thanh Le Dang, 17, of San Jose was driving his Honda sedan eastbound on I-80 at a high rate of speed when he swerved and lost control of the vehicle.

It spun across the median into the westbound lanes of Interstate 80, into the path of a GMC Blazer driven by 47-year-old Debra Rasmussen of Santa Rosa.

Rasmussen struck the rear of Le Dang’s car.

Four passengers in the Honda, who were reportedly not wearing seatbelts, were ejected.

Nguyen Doung, 18, of San Jose, was severely injured and airlifted to Washoe Medical Center. Thanh Nguyen, 18, Linh To, 19, Quang To, 21, and Cuong Ly, 18, all received minor injuries.

Rasmussen and the passenger in the Blazer, Kathryn Linsay, 67. of Cloverdale, received minor injuries.


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