Savannah Cooper, 18, ID’d as Angels Camp Fatal DUI Crash on Highway 49
ANGELS CAMP, CA (March 28, 2023) – Authorities detained Savannah Cooper after a fatal DUI crash on Highway 49 in Angels Camp.
The California Highway Patrol determined that the 18-year-old Angels Camp woman was under the influence of alcohol on Sunday.
The incident began when Savannah Cooper was driving a 2006 Ford F-150 north on Highway 49 in Angels Camp. At the same time, a 2017 Ford Escape was going south.
CHP said she then drove onto the dirt shoulder and lost control of her car. In the process, the pickup swerved into the southbound lane directly in front of the SUV.
The Ford truck slammed head-on into the Escape, which was carrying a family of five from Sonora. The two crashed south of Deer Creek Road.
The Union Democrat and My Mother Lode wrote that the accident took place on March 26 at about 4 p.m. The F-150 went off the west side of the roadway and rolled over.
1 Killed, 5 Seriously Injured in Wreck
Firefighters rushed a 13-year-old girl riding in the pickup to the Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas, where she died. The other four occupants of the truck sustained major injuries as a result of the collision.
Paramedics rushed the driver of the F-150, 65-year-old Russell Webster, and an 11-year-old boy to the UC Davis Medical Center in Davis for treatment.
Medical personnel transported 52-year-old Rachel Webster and the 13-year-old boy to the Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.
Savannah Cooper and a 17-year-old girl traveling with her survived the crash with moderate injuries. Officials brought them to the Doctors Medical Center in Modesto for further aid.
Meanwhile, CHP soon arrested Savannah Cooper on suspicion of felony DUI causing injury. Officers forced the southbound lanes of Highway 49 to shut down following the wreck.
The Angels Camp DUI crash is still under investigation.
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Sources: The Union Democrat and My Mother Lode