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CHP: Alcohol not suspected in Rohnert Park crash

  • Rincon Valley and Rancho Adobe firefighters respond the scene of an accident involving a single vehicle that struck a telephone pole in Santa Rosa, Calif., on November 29, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in a fiery, high-speed crash west of Rohnert Park that sent two people to the hospital late Friday, the CHP said.

David Ortega, 45, of Santa Rosa was driving his 1984 Chevrolet Corvette at a high rate of speed, traveling east on Wilfred Avenue west of Stony Point Road, when he lost control of the vehicle just after 8 p.m., according to the CHP. The passenger side of the vehicle struck a power pole.

David Ortega's wife, Staci, 44, was pinned in the vehicle and sustained two broken legs, the CHP said. The car caught fire and Staci Ortega was inside when emergency crews arrived.

David Ortega was able to free himself from the car.

Staci Ortega sustained significant burns to her legs and was flown to the UC Davis Medical Center, where hospital officials said she was in critical condition Saturday evening.

David Ortega was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. where he was treated and then released.


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