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SUV and trailer roll off Lake Berryessa road, 2 hospitalized

SUV and trailer roll off Lake Berryessa road, 2 hospitalized


Two people were injured, one seriously, on Memorial Day when a sport-utility vehicle and trailer rolled down a hillside near Lake Berryessa, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at about 2:40 p.m. on Steele Canyon Road north of Highway 128, according to CHP spokesman Marc Renspurger. Ryan Carte, a 31-year-old American Canyon resident, was driving a 2001 Ford Excursion pulling a trailer loaded with two Jet Skis when he lost control and the SUV tumbled from the southbound lane down a slope. The two watercraft were thrown from the trailer, with one coming to rest in the roadway.

Carte suffered major injuries and was taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Renspurger said in an email. A passenger, 30-year-old Michelle Masciolini of Petaluma, suffered minor injuries and also was transported to the Queen for treatment.

All passengers were wearing their seatbelts, and alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash, according to Renspurger.

The wreck was one of three such injury incidents reported by CHP in the Napa Valley during the Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday, a 14-year-old Napa girl was hospitalized after an all-terrain vehicle crashed in Carneros, and a Brentwood woman was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving after a two-vehicle collision near Moskowite Corner resulted in minor injuries for passengers in both vehicles.

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Howard Yune covers public safety for the Napa Valley Register. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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