Two major injury accidents in Tuolumne County on Monday and Tuesday left three people injured.
About 9 p.m. Monday, Colin Fenton Giles, 27, was driving a 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage eastbound on Highway 120 east of Memorial Drive in Groveland.
According to a California Highway Patrol press release, Giles was driving at a high speed and lost control of the vehicle on left-hand curve in the road. The passenger-side of Giles’ vehicle hit a utility pole, which “caused an intrusion into the vehicle of approximately 3 feet,” the release stated.
“That vehicle got wrapped around it pretty well,” said CHP Public Information Officer Faustino Pulido.
Pulido said there were no known witnesses to the accident, but the vehicle was seen and reported to the CHP after the wreck occurred.
Giles, who CHP said had been drinking, sustained major injuries and was found unconscious in the driver’s seat. He was extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel and taken by air ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.
Hospital representatives said Wednesday that Giles remains in their care.
The second accident occurred Tuesday about 7:20 p.m. in Jamestown.
Patrick Michael Farley, 45, of Manteca, was driving his 1990 Harley-Davidson Heritage motorcycle southbound on Highway 49 in Jamestown with passenger Treva Ann ParkerAlviso, 46, also of Manteca. The motorcycle traveling about 45 miles per hour toward Chicken Ranch Road as Beverly Jean Keene, 74, of San Andreas, prepared to make a left turn from Chicken Ranch Road into the northbound lane of the highway.
Keene, who was driving a 2005 Ford Ranger, failed to see Farley approaching and struck the right front of the motorcycle.
Farley and ParkerAlviso were ejected from the motorcycle and landed in the northbound lane near the pickup truck.
“They were wearing motorcycle helmets, and the driver of the Ford was wearing her seatbelt,” Pulido said.
Pulido added neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the collision.
Keene was uninjured, but Farley was transported to Sonora Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.
ParkerAlviso was taken to a Modesto-area hospital for treatment of major injuries.