Two women from the Mountain Area were identified Tuesday evening after a tragic wreck on Highway 41 shortly south of Serpa Canyon Road in Coarsegold left one of them dead and the other hospitalized with major injuries.
CHP reports identified O’Neill Ewell, 20, as the driver killed in the wreck. Her passenger Haley Phillips, also 20 of Coarsegold, was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center of Fresno unconscious, but breathing. Her condition was stable Wednesday morning, though she was still unconscious.
Reports said shortly before 1:30 p.m., both girls were traveling northbound on Highway 41 in a silver 2006 Volkswagen Jetta. Ewell allowed her vehicle to drift to the right side of the road and off the edge, the report said, when she abruptly steered to the left which caused her to lose control. The Jetta barreled off the highway, crashing its driver’s side into a tree.
Officers at the scene said they discovered Ewell had a pulse while trapped inside the vehicle, but she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Shortly after the wreck, support began to pour in from the Mountain Area community, with donations set up both at Slim’s Koffee Shak locations, where both girls worked, and online. Click here for the story.