CHP: Forestville crash victims not found for hours
Two people thrown from a pickup near Forestville early Sunday lay injured on an embankment for hours before being found, the CHP said Monday.
The suspected DUI crash was reported just before 8 a.m., five hours after Spencer Tuley, 36, of Guerneville, wrecked his 1989 Toyota pickup while heading east on Highway 116 about a half-mile from Martinelli Road, CHP said. Tuley apparently lost control of the truck, which left the roadway and continued 15 to 20 feet down into the dry creek bed.
Forestville firefighters and CHP responded to the crash, finding about 20 feet down the embankment Tuley and his passenger, Caldonia Donovan, 40, of Santa Rosa. Both suffered major injuries.
The pair had no cell reception and weren’t able to call for help, CHP said.
Tuley had facial cuts and a broken wrist, ankle and arm, CHP reported. Donovan also suffered facial cuts, as well as an eye injury and a possible broken hip and leg.
Firefighters and paramedics offered medical aid and carried the two up to ambulances. They were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where both were listed in fair condition Monday.
Deputies arrested Tuley on suspicion of driving drunk at the time of the crash. He was released to the hospital due to his injuries.