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Matthew Hedger
07/10/2014 12:03 PM

From motorcycle crashes to sobriety checkpoints to injury accidents, first responders in the area had a busy week beginning even before the July 4 holiday.

On Thursday, July 3, just before 3 p.m., a Folsom man escaped without injury after he crashed his car on Old Sacramento Road, north of Highway 16, in a solo vehicle accident.

The California Highway Patrol said Dylan Dingman, 18, told officers he drove his 1995 Chevrolet into a right-hand curve at 70 miles per hour when, due to the speed at which he was traveling, he lost control and drove through a fence before coming to rest in a field.

The CHP said, “P-1 (Dingman) was not injured in the collision and V-1(the Chevrolet) sustained minor injuries.”

Also on July 3, in Calaveras County, a Valley Springs girl found herself in a dangerous predicament after driving a 1993 Grand Cherokee off the road and into the Calaveras River. In that incident, the CHP said the 16-year-old girl, whose name is not being published due to her age, was driving north on Hogan Dam Road approaching a bridge over the river when she drove off the west side of the road, over a 20-foot tall concrete wall and landed upside down in three feet of water. She was able to get herself out of the vehicle, but required assistance from the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team to get out of the river. She sustained major injuries in the accident and was flown to the U.C. Davis Medical Center.

The CHP is calling a sobriety checkpoint set up in Jackson on Highway 88 in the vicinity of the library a success, after checking 625 cars through a “cone zone” without turning up a single drinking driver. CHP officers were assisted by Jackson Police in the effort, which did result in one driver being issued a citation for illegal possession of marijuana.

July 4 started off with a bang around 8 a.m. on Fiddletown Road, east of Hale Road, when two oncoming cars got a little too close and clipped their side mirrors. The CHP said Patricia Aney, 47, of Sacramento, was driving a 2005 Ford westbound when she encountered Anthony Nunez, 44, of Plymouth, who was driving eastbound in a 2007 Dodge. As Aney and Nunez passed each other, the driver’s side mirrors collided causing parts of the mirrors to enter the open drivers’ windows’ of both vehicles, causing minor cheek lacerations. Aney was taken to Sutter Amador Hospital for treatment, as was a two-year-old boy passenger in Nunez’ vehicle. No citations were issued in the incident.

An Ione woman suffered moderate injuries after getting run down by a Fairfield man at a campground at Lake Alpine on July 4, just after noon. The CHP said David Kirby, 64, was driving a 2004 Ford F-150 truck on the campground access road of Lake Alpine West Camp when the accident occurred. As Kirby pulled his truck into a space to let other vehicles behind him pass by, he accelerated into the driveway too fast, sending the truck lunging forward into 64-year-old Nancy Joyner, who was outside of her tent trailer. The truck also struck the trailer and several large rocks on the camp site. The truck became “high-centered” on one of the rocks before coming to rest. Joyner was taken by ground ambulance to Mark Twain Hospital, in San Andreas, for treatment. Kirby was uninjured.

On July 5, another solo motorcycle accident sent a Lincoln man to the hospital with moderate to severe injuries. The CHP said Craig W. Baillie, 63, was riding a 2004 Harley Davidson westbound on Highway 88, east of Cat Creek Road, when the accident occurred. As a section of passing lanes opened up, Bailie maneuvered his big bike through a curved section of the roadway, but failed to fully negotiate a curve. He left the roadway and collided with a rocky embankment. Baillie was ejected from the motorcycle in the collision and also impacted the bank. After both impacts, the bike came to rest on top of him. He was taken by helicopter to Sutter Hospital, in Roseville, for treatment.

A Brentwood teenager escaped injury in yet another solo vehicle crash July 7, this time on Highway 88, east of Columbia Drive, in Pioneer. The CHP said the 18-year-old, whose name was not released, was driving a 2000 Volkswagen when she entered a left curve with a posted advisory speed of 35 miles per hour too fast. The CHP said when she realized the curve was increasing, she overcorrected and traveled over the double-yellow lines in the roadway and into the oncoming lanes. Overcorrecting again, she swerved back across the road and into a dirt embankment before spinning around and coming to rest partially blocking the lanes. No injuries were reported in the incident.

On the Calaveras side of the river, an Ione man was taken to the hospital after colliding with a car on Highway 26 at the intersection with Highway 12 in Valley Springs just after 3:30 p.m., on July 7. The CHP said Randy Butler was riding a Harley Davidson northbound on Highway 26 and had stopped at the intersection. Maria Hensley of Valley Springs, traveling westbound on Highway 12, had also stopped at the intersection.

Both drivers apparently started through the intersection at the same time, leading Butler to collide into Hensley’s driver’s side door.

Butler sustained serious injuries and was flown to a trauma center in Modesto for treatment. Hensley was not injured.

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