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Driver arrested for driving under the influence, passenger killed in solo car crash in Nevada County

NEVADA COUNTY – One person was killed and a driver was arrested for driving under the influence early Sunday morning after a crash on Highway 49 in Nevada County, the California Highway Patrol said.

The Grass Valley CHP responded to a report of a crash on Highway 49, north of Oak Drive, in the Alta Sierra area shortly before 2:15 a.m.

Officers said 23-year-old Isabella Christmon was driving a 2016 Volkswagen Passat north on Highway 49 when the vehicle drifted off the right side of the highway after a gradual right turn in the road.

The vehicle struck several oak trees and continued down a steep embankment. The Passat ended up on its right side about 45 feet from the highway.

Christmon’s passenger, 23-year-old Nevada County resident Kasey Patrick, died at the scene.

The CHP said Christmon was arrested for driving under the influence and suffered serious injuries. She was taken to hospital for treatment.

The crash is still under investigation.