Two people were injured in a snowmobiling incident on Jan. 3, according to a California Highway Patrol (CHP) press release.

At approximately 2:30 p.m. that day, Karina Woodman, 52, of San Jose was driving a rental snowmobile westbound on State Route 4, west of Hermit Valley, on a groomed snowmobile trail. Woodman had a passenger with her as well, Kevin Woodman, 14, of San Jose, and was riding in tandem with another snowmobiler in front of her.

When the other snowmobiler slowed to check on a stopped snowmobile on the right side of the trail, Woodman tried to slow down, but instead accelerated. She swerved left to avoid a collision with her riding partner, and veered off the trail into a tree.

Both Woodman and her passenger were ejected from the vehicle, and Woodman sustained major injuries.

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection helicopter responded to the scene and transported Woodman to Bear Valley Ski Resort. From there, she was transported to Sutter Roseville Hospital by a Cal Star helicopter for treatment.

Kevin Woodman, the passenger, suffered moderate injuries, and was driven to Sonora Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Alcohol or reckless operation do not appear to be factors in the collision, CHP reported.


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