Pregnant woman among those seriously hurt in deadly Hwy 50 crash
A 19-year-old died, and two others -- including a pregnant 25-year-old -- suffered major injuries in a crash on Highway 50, the California Highway Patrol said Friday.
Vincent Rapolla, 19, riding in the back seat, was ejected through the rear window. Stark said the man was pronounced dead at the scene and had not been wearing a seat belt.
The driver, 25-year-old Laura Duggin, was transported by helicopter to Mercy San Juan Medical Center and is in critical condition.
Ashley Valdez, 18, who was riding in the front seat, was transported by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center with moderate injuries.
A CHP officer misreported to KCRA 3 this afternoon that the pregnant woman had died. About 7:40 p.m., the highway patrol corrected its earlier report, and said she remains alive, but suffering from major injuries.
The woman's family said those injuries are facial. A relative also clarified the CHP's misinformation to say the victim was only one month pregnant -- not four, as police reported earlier.
All the victims are from Diamond Springs in El Dorado County, a Placerville CHP officer said.
Only one car was involved in the wreck, which took place on the eastbound side of the highway, just east of the Red Hawk Parkway over-crossing.
The driver of a 1996 Toyota Corolla drifted into the center median, tried to get back on the roadway, then overcorrected and lost control of the car -- smashing into a rocky outcropping, the CHP said.
Her vehicle rolled and came to a rest on the highway, according to police.
In addition to the driver, two teenagers were inside the car.
A male passenger riding in the back of the car wasn't wearing his seat belt, police said. The 19-year-old man was ejected from the Corolla and declared dead at the crash scene.
An ambulance took another female passenger to the UC Davis Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries, the CHP said. She is 18 years old, police added...