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Distracted driving blamed for crash that killed 2 on Highway 49 in Yuba County

Two people died Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 49 southwest of Camptonville in Yuba County.

The crash occurred about 10:20 a.m. as 20-year-old Zsophia Lighstep of Dobbins was driving a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder southbound on Highway 49, south of Marysville Road. Lighstep, who was alone in the vehicle, became distracted by a beverage in the center console. She looked away from the road, and her vehicle crossed into the northbound lane, directly into the path of a 2006 Scion, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The driver of the Scion, a 17-year-old girl from Grass Valley, tried to avoid a collision by swerving to the left, but the Nissan struck the right side of her vehicle. The Scion traveled about 20 feet down an embankment on the east side of the road.

The driver of the Scion was not wearing a seat belt and was transported by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with what were believed to be serious injuries, according to the CHP.

The two passengers in the Scion were pronounced dead at the scene. One was a identified by the CHP as a 20-year-old man from Grass Valley. The other also was a male, but his age and city of residence were not available. Their names have not been released pending notification of family.

Lighstep's vehicle remained on the roadway. She sustained what were described as minor to moderate injuries but refused medical treatment, the news release said. She was later released from the scene.

Neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the collision, according to the CHP.

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