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Grass Valley driver arrested after allegedly hitting utility pole, pedestrians

A Grass Valley woman suspected of driving under the influence was arrested early Thursday after her vehicle struck a utility pole, then hit two pedestrians as she tried to leave the crash scene.

Gianni D. Tantillo, 39, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe on Harmony Place off Wolf Drive and Retrac Way in southern Nevada County about 4:40 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The utility pole then fell onto a large propane tank. The crash caused a power outage throughout the area and the propane tank began to leak.

Family and friends of the driver lived in the area and came to the crash site to find out what had occurred. Tantillo allegedly tried to leave the scene and two of the people who had come to the scene were hit in the roadway and partially run over by her vehicle, according to the CHP. The injured were a 22-year-old man from Grass Valley and a 25-year-old man from Sacramento. They suffered minor injuries and transported themselves to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital for treatment. Both are expected to recover.

The CHP responded, along with Nevada County Consolidated Fire District crews and Nevada County sheriff’s deputies. Deputies and CHP officers found Tantillo in the area. She was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI causing great bodily injury. The CHP reported that she also was found to be driving on a suspended license.

The crash remains under investigation.