Crime - Sacto 911

Auburn woman dies in crash into fallen tree on Highway 49

An Auburn woman died after her car hit a fallen tree on the shoulder of Highway 49.

Lavinia C. Burge, 48, was southbound on Highway 49 just north of Motherlode Road, halfway between Auburn and Grass Valley, about 2 a.m. Saturday when her vehicle left the roadway, the California Highway Patrol said.

The CHP said Burge’s vehicle hit a fallen tree on the dirt shoulder, causing major damage to her sport-utility vehicle. Burge was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews