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Car accidents increase in rural Loomis

Two injured in latest crash
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
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Rural Loomis has seen an increase in traffic accidents recently said Nico Bonfilio, California Highway Patrol officer. Two accidents last week bring the count to four since May 14. The latest was a two-car accident on Auburn Folsom Road on Thursday, June 7, that sent two people to the hospital, Bonfilio said. The accident occurred at 4:40 p.m., on Auburn Folsom Road, at Miners Drive. Both injured drivers, who were the sole occupants in each vehicle, were transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center complaining of pain. Bonfilio said Joyce Compton, 73, of Roseville, was driving a 2009 Subaru Forester northbound on Auburn Folsom Road and turned left into oncoming traffic and was struck by a 17-year-old girl from Roseville heading southbound. The girl was driving a 2007 Honda Accord. Bonfilio said both vehicles sustained major damage. The accident backed up traffic in both directions on Auburn Folsom Road. Another solo car accident occurred a day earlier at 6:05 p.m., June 6, on Horseshoe Bar Road, west of Val Verde Road. Bonfilio said a Mercedes Benz was traveling westbound when the driver left the road and hit a speed limit sign, causing major front-end damage to the vehicle. Bonfilio said Steven Schneider, 43, the driver, suffered superficial injuries and was booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence. The accident occurred at a sharp curve on Horseshoe Bar Road in front of Tom and DiDi Zaverl?s home, which has been the site of numerous accidents over the years. ?We?re just really relieved there were no injuries to any other parties,? Bonfilio said. The other two accidents in May include a solo car rollover on Horseshoe Bar Road on May 14, near Leak Lane, that sent one passenger to the hospital. A pedestrian running on the shoulder narrowly avoided being hit when the driver lost control. The other accident was a rollover on Auburn Folsom Road near King Road that sent two people to the hospital. That accident was caused by a driver attempting to make a u-turn and pulling out in front of another vehicle.