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Two I-80 crash victims in fair condition

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Two women ejected from vehicles in separate Interstate 80 mishaps this week were both listed Wednesday in fair condition at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Liza Kozabovskaya, 18, of Sacramento suffered major injuries Tuesday afternoon after being ejected from a BMW on I-80 near Horseshoe Bar Road. Kozabovskaya’s condition was upgraded Wednesday to fair, hospital spokesman Robin Montgomery said. Kozabovskaya and a 16-year-old Sacramento girl, who was not identified by the California Highway Patrol because she’s a juvenile, were not wearing seatbelts as they rode in the backseat of the BMW, the CHP reported. The car’s driver – 21-year-old Ruvim Karamalak – lost control of the vehicle and hit a concrete barrier. In another crash Sunday night, Hillary Cantrell, 21, of Rocklin suffered major injuries in a single-vehicle rollover on Interstate 80 at Penryn. Montgomery said Cantrell remained in fair condition Wednesday. Cantrell was ejected from the Chevy Silverado she was driving and was also reported by the CHP to have not been wearing a seatbelt. The Highway Patrol is investigating the Cantrell crash as a possible driving-under-the-influence incident. Officer David Martinez said the BMW driver in Tuesday's crash is not now suspected of drunken or drugged driving. The BMW and another vehicle were exceeding the posted speed limit and traveling together before Tuesday’s crash, Martinez said. Initial accounts from witnesses were of a bottle being passed between the two cars but Martinez said Wednesday that it was now being treated as an object. Karamalak posted a comment on the Auburn Journal Web site stating the object was an Icee frozen drink. Martinez said the passing of any object between moving cars is an extremely dangerous action. High speeds and unsafe driving led to the crash, Martinez said. There was also no evidence that any other vehicle intentionally cut off the car, he said. A condition report on the 17-year-old injured female in Tuesday's crash could not be obtained from the hospital without a victim’s name, which was not released by authorities.