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Driver pulled from river and accused of attempted murder in head-on crash on Highway 50

A man whose van landed in the American River after he allegedly drove into oncoming traffic on Highway 50, causing a head-on collision, is in El Dorado County Jail accused of attempted murder.

California Highway Patrol officers responded about 6:35 p.m. Monday to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 50 near Randall Tract, in the White Hall area , with one vehicle submerged in the south fork of the American River.

Jacob Shay, 22, of Alameda was driving 2005 Freightliner Sprinter van westbound on Highway 50 when he allegedly intentionally crossed over double yellow lines, head-on into a 2017 GMC Yukon driven by a 29-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman, according to a CHP news release. The Yukon came to rest on the shoulder of the highway, and the van went into the river. Passing motorists stopped and helped Shay from the van.

The woman suffered major injuries, according to the CHP.

Shay was not injured but was arrested and taken to Marshall Hospital in Placerville for medical clearance. During the medical clearance, he allegedly assaulted a hospital staff member, the news release said.

Shay was booked into El Dorado County Jail early Tuesday morning on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and battery.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call Officer Rob Smith at the Placerville CHP office, 530-622-1110.