Thursday, August 25, 2016

CHP: Major injuries in Hwy 120 crash

  UPDATE:   Maria Fissman, a passenger in the Yukon did not survive the collision, according to CHP.

   Per the CHP report, on August 22, 2016 at around 7:30 PM CHP received a call about three overdue female tourists.

   A group of 11 German tourists had spent the morning a Yosemite National Park
and traveled out of the park on Hwy 120 at approximately 3 PM westbound.

  The group had rented 5 motorcycles and a 2016 GMC Yukon. They met at approximately 4 PM west of Crane Flat to regroup.

  About 10 miles later the motorcycle group noticed that the Yukon was no longer behind them.

   Monika Shmidt (63 year old driver), Maria Fissman (57) and Reiki Regal (16) were passengers in the Yukon.

  The group had planned to meet at the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland, which had been programmed into the Yukons GPS system.

   The five motorcycles continued to Groveland to wait for the GMC. After an hour, two of the motorcycles left to search for the Yukon. After another hour, two more motorcycles joined the search.

   At around 9:30 PM the group went to the Groveland Fire Station to report their missing family members.

   Tuolumne Search and Rescue searched for the missing parties overnight. On August 23, 2016 around 12:30 PM a member of search and rescue located the vehicle down a steep embankment off Hwy 120.

   Two injured were out of the vehicle and were flown to hospitals with major injuries.  The third woman had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was taken by ground ambulance to Sonora Regional Medical Center and then flown to Doctors Medical Center in critical condition.

   Per CHP the vehicle, for an unknown reason did not make a curve in the roadway and rolled down the steep embankment approximately 50'.
   This crash in still under investigation. CHP does not believe that drugs and or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

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