Icy conditions contributed to one vehicle overturning on Hill roads and a DUI figured in another in the week beginning Wednesday, Dec. 30.
According to California Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Darren Meyer, the first occurred at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, when Somsanuk Samaij, 45, of Sanger, was driving her 2006 gray Toyota Tundra southbound on Highway 243, 1 mile south of Poppet Flats Road, when she encountered a patch of ice on a curve. Samaij’s vehicle went over the embankment and overturned. Samaij complained of pain after the incident and was transported by American Medical Response to Riverside County Regional Medical Center.
On New Year’s Eve at 9:20 p.m,. Stephanie Rodriguez, 26, of San Jacinto, was driving her 2010 black Nissan Armada eastbound on Highway 74, just east of Cranston Forest Service Station, when she rolled her vehicle. Rodriguez was cited for driving under the influence. She was transported by AMR with non-life-threatening injuries to Riverside County Regional Medical Center.
In neither crash was a second vehicle involved. Both were solo incidents with no one other than the driver in the vehicle.