Car accident in Shingle Springs injures three teens

By: By Penne Usher Telegraph Correspondent
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A solo-vehicle car crash sent three teens to area hospitals, two with serious injuries.

According to Officer Quinin Cuthbertson, of the Placerville office of the California Highway Patrol, a 16-year-old male Ponderosa High
School student was driving a 1970 Chevrolet Nova westbound on North Shingle Road around 5 p.m. March 3 at a high rate of speed when for
unknown reasons he lost control around a corner.

"He sideswiped a mailbox, hit a tree that ripped the front end of the vehicle off," he said. "The vehicle continues spinning and the rear
end hit another tree."

The driver sustained serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to an area hospital. The female passenger in the front seat was ejected from the vehicle landing about 30 feet from the scene of the crash, Cuthbertson said. She was also taken by air ambulance to an area hospital. She sustained serious injuries and has had one of her legs amputated below the knee, officials said.

A third passenger in the back seat sustained non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released from the hospital.

It is not clear if the trio were wearing seat belts. The older model Nova was equipped only with lap belts, Cuthbertson said.

CHP officials did not release the names of the students who all attend Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs.