Girl hurt in wreck critical at UC Davis

By Alex MacLean, The Union Democrat October 02, 2012 01:28 pm

A 10-year-old girl who suffered major injuries in a Saturday afternoon auto collision near San Andreas was in “critical but stable” condition at a Sacramento hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP Officer Rebecca Myers said Monday the San Andreas Office received the update on the condition of the girl from UC Davis Medical Center, where she is being treated. The girl’s name is being withheld by CHP because she is a minor.


The girl was a passenger in a 1998 Chevy box truck driven by Eleazar Rodriguez, 49, of Galt, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rodriguez was going north on Highway 49 just south of Carol Kennedy Drive around 12:55 p.m. when his vehicle was struck by a 2007 Toyota Tacoma driven by Murphys resident Penny Miles, 52.

Miles was going south on Highway 49 when her Toyota crossed the double yellow lines into the path of the oncoming Chevy truck, CHP said. 

The vehicles collided head-on, killing Rodriguez and Miles.

Myers said “physical evidence at the scene” led investigating officers to suspect Miles had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash. 

Myers didn’t provide specifics about the recovered evidence.

The final determination regarding Miles’ possible intoxication is pending an autopsy, Myers said.

A Tuolumne County man involved in a separate Saturday traffic collision near Moccasin is also recovering from major injuries, according to hospital officials.

James Atkins, 27, of Moccasin, was taken by helicopter to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto after a three-car wreck at the junction of highways 49 and 120.

He was listed in “good condition” on Monday, meaning his vital signs are stable and he’s also conscious and comfortable.