Calaveras County crash injures four

08/04/2014 11:40 AM

08/04/2014 11:41 AM

Four people were injured, one of them hospitalized, after a vehicle they were in went down an embankment and crashed into a utility pole Sunday evening in Calaveras County.

The crash occurred about 6:45 p.m. on Highway 49, a few miles south of San Andreas, the California Highway Patrol reported. A 2003 Ford Escape was heading north on the highway just south of Carol Kennedy Road.

The CHP said the driver, 19-year-old Eric Hinton, was driving the vehicle faster than the 55 mph speed limit. The vehicle drifted to the right and struck a raised asphalt curb.

The vehicle then went down the embankment and hit multiple trees, before crashing into the wooden utility pole and rolling over. The vehicle came to rest on its roof, according to the CHP.

The four injured people in the crash, all from Lodi, got out of the overturned vehicle on their own and waited for emergency personnel to arrive. They were all wearing seat belts during the crash.

One of the passengers, 18-year-old Ruby Marquez, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas. The CHP said Hinton, Jacob Westerback, 20, and Nicolas Calderon, 18, suffered minor injuries and were treated at the crash site.

CHP investigators determined alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash.

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