Two accidents with cars down embankments

Carmen GeorgeFebruary 13, 2013 

A vehicle carrying four passengers, including one 2-year-old boy from Coarsegold, slid and rolled approximately 50 feet down an embankment off Fresno Flats Road (425B) Tuesday afternoon, about a quarter mile south of the road's intersection with Highway 41.

The toddler -- Marcus Fetty of Coarsegold -- was not injured. The driver and passengers received minor injuries.

The driver of the 2006 Ford Fusion, 20-year-old Stacey Vogeo of Oakhurst, was not under the influence, reported CHP on scene.

CHP reported Vogeo was driving at a high rate of speed, heading up 425B towards Highway 41 on the wrong side of the road at about 2:15 p.m., when she encountered a Madera County Probation Office vehicle traveling eastbound, down the road. Vogeo swerved and went down the embankment. The Ford rolled and landed upside down. Vogeo was found to be at fault, CHP said.

Vogeo was carried up the embankment on a stretcher by emergency responders, including those from Station 12 in Oakhurst, Ahwahnee Cal Fire and Sierra Ambulance.

Passengers included Oakhurst 17-year-olds Matthew Costilla and Kody Perien. The accident remains under investigation.

"People have to slow down, especially on mountain roads with blind curves," said CHP Sergeant Ed Greene.

About a half hour later, another vehicle slid 15 feet down an embankment just south of Mormon Road on the west side of Highway 49 in Mariposa County.

"The driver drifted off the road and over-corrected for it and went across the highway and down the bank, and came to a stop," said Captain Jerry Riggs of Station 16 in Ahwahnee.

The man was not injured, Riggs said. The incident remains under investigation.

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