Men killed in Highway 49 crash in Yuba County identified

Two men killed in a collision Wednesday on Highway 49 have been identified by the Yuba County Sheriff-Coroner's Office as 20-year-old Brandon Gray of Camptonville and 19-year-old Joseph Vasquez.

Vasquez's place of residence has not been confirmed, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

The two men were passengers in a Scion driven by a 17-year-old Grass Valley woman, who was transported by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with what were believed to be serious injuries, according the California Highway Patrol. Her name has not been released.

The collision occurred about 10:20 am. as 20-year-old Zsophia Lighstep of Dobbins was driving a Nissan Pathfinder southbound on Highway 49, south of Marysville Road, southwest of Camptonville. 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 the Scion, according to a CHP news release.

The driver of the Scion swerved to the left in an effort to avoid the collision, 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 news release said.

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

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