Details Released in Triple Fatal Wreck
The names of the three youths killed in yesterday´s fatal accident near Cold Springs have been released by the California Highway Patrol´s Jamestown office.
17-year-old Mitchell Dahl of Tuolumne and 18-year-old James Fleming of Sonora were coming westbound, down the hill, toward Long Barn. Their Honda Civic went out of control, down a steep embankment and landed on a 1994 Isuzu Trooper going eastbound.
12-year-old Marrissa Hunt of Pleasanton was riding in that Trooper, and was killed.
Driving was her mother, 45-year-old Kimberly Hunt, who was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in Modesto for her major injuries. She was listed in stable condition late this morning. 10-year-old Nicole Ponzini of Pleasanton was also in the Trooper and suffered minor injuries.
Details on how the wreck occurred have been released as well. The CHP investigation report says the Honda, while at a high rate of speed, hit a left hand curve, and vaulted over the center median and then rolled upside down while in the air. The Honda hit the embankment once and went airborne again, before colliding with the side of the Isuzu Trooper. The Honda then rolled off the Isuzu and hit the hood of the 2001 Lexus after bouncing.
The third car involved in the wreck, the 2001 Lexus RX 300, was driven by 42-year-old Jacqueline Ponzini, also of Pleasanton. She suffered a laceration to her left hand and was taken to Sonora Regional Medical Center.
Three children were also in the Lexus. 4-year-old Matt Ponzini suffered a contusion to the chest and was taken to Sonora Regional Medical Center. 4-year-old Nathaniel Roberts and 13-year-old Kenneth Hunt also suffered minor injuries and were taken to Tuolumne General Hospital.