A driver allegedly under the influence of alcohol and her passenger suffered major injuries early Thursday morning in a crash northwest of Nevada City.
The crash occurred about 3:55 a.m. Elaine Giselle Cotter, 23, was driving a 2015 Kia sedan northbound on Highway 49 north of Shoshoni Trail Court. Her male passenger and owner of the vehicle, 23-year-old Addison Moore of Placerville, was in the front passenger seat, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.
CHP officials said that Cotter, whose community of residence was listed as “unknown,” was speeding and lost control of the car, which crossed the southbound lane and traveled over a steep embankment on the west edge of the roadway. The left side of the car struck a tree, causing major damage to the vehicle and serious injuries to both occupants.
Fire department personnel extricated Cotter and Moore, who were taken by ambulance to Nevada County’s Eric Rood Administrative Center. From there, they were flown in separate helicopters to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where they were undergoing treatment for major injuries, the CHP reported.
CHP officials said Cotter was determined to be significantly impaired by alcohol at the time of the crash. She was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury. She remains in custody at the medical center and will be booked into the Nevada County jail upon her release from the hospital, according to the CHP.
Highway 49 was blocked by emergency crews for about 45 minutes while extrication was completed and the roadway cleared.