El Dorado County accident leaves Teen facing long recovery
A young Folsom woman faces months of recovery from serious injuries, including a broken neck, she suffered in a car crash nearly two months ago.
It was New Year’s Eve and Mattie Alleva was a passenger in her friend Ashley Voll’s car as the two were returning from a day of snow boarding.
The trip could have cost her life, but for Alleva and the other victims, help was just around the corner.
Voll lost control of her car in near white-out conditions on Highway 50 near the small town of Strawberry. She crossed into oncoming traffic, according to reports and Alleva.
“Another car smashed into my door and we rolled about two and half times and hit a tree,” Alleva said. “My seat belt broke off and no airbags deployed. I was thrown around the car and broke my C2 and neck.”
Voll suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash, according to reports.
The two teens had been stuck in the vehicle for about 30-plus minutes before District Attorney Investigators Dave Stevenson and his partner Jim Applegate happened upon the scene.
The pair had been working as part of a joint arson investigation with Cal-Fire investigator Tom Oldag in the South Lake Tahoe Basin.
Stevenson and Applegate were traveling westbound on Highway 50. As the investigators approached Strawberry, the snowy conditions that night turned from bad to worse.
Approximately four miles west of Strawberry, they came across an SUV over the side, a multiple car collision, and two victims in critical condition lying in the middle of roadway. The three investigators immediately recognized the incident as potentially fatal with the crash scene unsafe ...