Roseville, CA Head On Auto Crash, Aug 1980
HEAD-ON CRASH NEAR ROSEVILLE KILLS EIGHT; GIRL, 17, SURVIVES.
Roseville (UPI) - The lone survivor of a head-on collision that killed eight persons on rain-slicked California 65 was in stable condition Sunday in Sacramento, hospital officials said.
TINA BRIXIE, 17, of Kelseyville in Lake County was treated for back injuries.
"The only thing that saved her was that she was in the back seat and there were other people ahead of her," said Dr. Robert Lind of Roseville, who rode in the ambulance to Sacramento with the girl.
The head-on crash occurred Saturday night near the Placerville Boulevard intersection, about three miles north of Roseville. Six women and two men were killed in the 8:30 p.m. accident.
California Highway Patrol officers said both vehicles apparently were speeding and one swerved into the wrong lane. The force of the collision sheared the top off a small Chevrolet and scattered debris for more than 200 feet. The case remained under investigation.
MISS BRIXIE was one of five cousins in the Chevrolet on southbound California 65. All four persons in the Datsun traveling north were killed.
The victims in the Datsun were identified as EUGENE PETERS, 57, of Tracy, the driver; EVELYN SEAY, 41, of Lincoln; EARL SEAY, 53, of Lincoln; and CHERYL McDONALD, 22, of Lincoln.
Victims in the other car were identified as LISA BRIXIE, 20, Kelseyville, the driver; RHONDA BRIXIE, 13, of Kelsey; SHERRY OWEN, 18, of Lincoln; and MICHELE OWEN, of Lincoln.
Los Angeles Times California 1980-08-25