Monday Mar 15 2010
Highway 193 crash traps injured driver
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Suffering from major injuries to his legs, a Lincoln man was trapped inside his older-model Volkswagen Beetle after a crash Monday on Highway 193. The driver of the car – 47-year-old Michael Fischer – was removed from the wreckage after Cal-Fire personnel used extrication tools to pry open the car, California Highway Patrol Officer David Martinez said. Fischer sustained major injuries to both legs and was transported to Roseville Sutter Medical Center by ambulance. The collision took place at about 7:30 a.m. after Erika Courtright, 18, of rural Lincoln, pulled out of her driveway on Highway 193, west of Sierra College Boulevard. For reasons still under investigation, Courtright pulled out into traffic, directly into the front of the Volkswagen, Martinez said. The Fischer vehicle was traveling at 50 mph when the two cars collided. The front end of the rear-engine Volkswagen struck the left side of Courtright’s Mustang. Courtright, who suffered minor injuries, was treated and released, Martinez said. Road traffic was minimally impacted during the collision investigation, the Highway Patrol said.