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Attempt to dodge deer results in three-vehicle collision in Nevada County

A Grass Valley motorist’s attempt to avoid hitting a deer resulted in a three-vehicle collision late Monday afternoon on Highway 20 in Nevada County.

The crash occurred about 5:45 p.m. Carren Daigle, 69, was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck westbound on Highway 20, approaching Pleasant Valley Road, when a deer appeared in the roadway in front of her and she swerved to the left in an effort to avoid the animal, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. Daigle still struck and killed the deer, and the pickup continued out of control into the oncoming eastbound traffic lane.

The pickup struck a Lexus IS250 head-on in the eastbound lane, according to the CHP. The Lexus, driven by 72-year-old Allan Berman of Penn Valley, then spun out of control in the lane and onto the shoulder, where it was hit by a Ford Focus sedan that had been traveling eastbound behind the Lexus.

All vehicles were disabled and blocking the highway. A CHP officer patrolling the Penn Valley area arrived at the scene within approximately two minutes, officials said.

Several of the occupants had to be extracted from their vehicles by fire department personnel.

Daigle suffered major injuries and was flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center by air ambulance, according to the CHP. Allan Berman and his passenger, 66-year-old Janice Berman, were taken by ground ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley with moderate injuries. The driver of the Ford Focus, Norman Beckert of Penn Valley, whose age was not provided, appeared to have minor injuries and declined transportation to a hospital, CHP officials said.

Neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to have been factors in the collision, the CHP reported. Highway 20 was closed for approximately 90 minutes.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.