Two Young Girls Suffer Major Injuries Following A Snowmobile Accident

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Two Young Girls Suffer Major Injuries Following A Snowmobile Accident

Two young girls were hospitalized with major injuries following a weekend snowmobile accident. According to the CHP, a 16 year old Manteca boy with two passengers was driving a snowmobile on Fremont Road south of Quaking Aspen Road, in the Bear Valley area. Due to unsafe speed the boy was unable to maintain control, veered to the right traveling onto the east shoulder and up a snowbank, becoming airborne. The snowmobile landed upright and then became airborne a second time as it continued in a northerly direction and down a steep embankment. This time the vehicle struck a tree while airborne and landed on its left side. All parties were ejected. The driver sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment. Both passengers a 5 year old and 9 year old sustained major injuries and were flown from the scene by life-flight to UC Davis for treatment. Due to the age of the involved and the severity of the injuries the CHP is withholding names at this time. While California law does require the use of helmets while operating a snowmobile on public lands neither the driver nor passengers were wearing safety gear. Alcohol and/or drugs are not believed to be a factor in this collision.