[04-21-2024] Nevada County, CA – Passenger Killed, Driver Seriously Injured After Single-Vehicle DUI Crash in Alta Sierra

Published April 23, 2024

[04-21-2024] Passenger Killed, Driver Seriously Injured After Single-Vehicle DUI Crash in Alta SierraA passenger was killed, and a driver was seriously injured after a single-vehicle DUI crash around Alta Sierra, Nevada County, early Sunday morning, April 21, 2024.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal incident happened just before 2:15 a.m. on Highway 49, north of Oak Drive.

Officers said that a 2016 Volkswagen Passat was traveling northbound on Highway 49 when the car suddenly drifted off to the right side of the roadway after a slow right curve. The vehicle then struck several oak trees and stumbled down a steep embankment before coming to a stop on its right side, about 45 feet from where it was when it slid.

The Volkswagen had two occupants when the accident occurred. The passenger, 23-year-old Kasey P., was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver, 23-year-old Isabella C., suffered major injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

It was later found out that the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested for drunk driving.

Additional information was not immediately available. Police work is underway.

Don’t Know What To Do After An Accident?

Your safety and rights depend on what you do next after an accident. Remember the following steps if you find yourself in one:

  • Check yourself for any injuries.

  • Stay on the scene, call 9-1-1, and wait for emergency responders.

  • Move your vehicle to the road shoulder if safe; turn on hazard lights.

  • Fully cooperate with law enforcement and stay until cleared to leave.

  • Document the scene and injuries with photos and videos.

  • Seek immediate medical attention.

  • Contact your insurance company and find a personal injury lawyer for legal advice.

What A Lawyer Can Do For You

Many victims put off calling a lawyer even if they sustain injuries after an accident. However, lawyers can help you in many ways. They can provide you with police reports, CCTV footage, and witness statements to strengthen your case. Your attorney will also negotiate with insurance companies to get you fair compensation. 

The best part is that they will do all of these things for you at no upfront cost. So if you’re injured in an accident, hire a personal injury attorney to recover medical bills, car repair costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.