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Posted: Monday, October 1, 2012 9:52 am

A head-on collision on Highway 49 Saturday, just south of the passing lane by the Calaveras County airport, left two adults dead and a 10-year-old girl in critical condition, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol.

Evidence found in the wreckage led a CHP officer to suspect alcohol or drugs may have been a contributing factor in the collision, but more information regarding that evidence was not released as of Monday morning.

Penny Miles, 52, was driving a 2007 Toyota Tacoma southbound when she allowed it to veer across double yellow lines and into oncoming traffic at 12:55 p.m.

The CHP report said this unsafe driving movement was “possibly due to her intoxication.”

Eleazar Rodriguez, 49, Galt, was driving a 1996 Chevy 16-foot box truck northbound when Miles’ vehicle veered directly in front of his vehicle, causing a head-on collision, the report said. Both vehicles sustained major damage, and when emergency medical personnel arrived on scene both Miles and Rodriguez were pronounced dead, the report said.

Rodriguez had a 10-year-old passenger in his truck who was not named in the CHP report, because she is a minor. She was transported via life flight to UC Davis Medical Center to be treated for major injuries, the report said. Meyers said she was listed as critical but stable.

All those involved were wearing seatbelts, and the speed at which each vehicle was traveling was not known.

California Highway Patrol Officer Rebecca Myers cautioned drivers to be aware that even when driving larger safer vehicles, accidents at high speeds can be deadly.

“If you’re doing 55 and you’re brought to a sudden stop, your internal organs don’t just stop,” she said.

The crash remains under investigation, Meyers concluded.

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  • Pennys Friend posted at 11:14 pm on Fri, Oct 5, 2012.

    Pennys Friend Posts: 1

    Dearest Friend, I am broken hearted, I am so sorry I did not take your call that morning it will eat me up thinking I could have had you here safe..Penny I know you are with the Lord now but it does not take away the pain & deep sorry I will miss you so much.. I pray you find peace now no more abuse & no more pain & saddness for you.. You were a true friend for 25 years & I love you very much...I know you did not do this intentionally & you would not have been able to bear the injury & death that was caused by this accident..
    my prayers go out to this family that was involved in this horrible accident... I am sorry Penny I dont know if us getting together would have prevented this & it will forever be on my heart...I Love You & will Miss you so much my dear friend.. Prayers go out to her sons & thier family.... God give me stregnth to move forward.. Your long time friend Kathy...[sad]

  • Charles Dudley Jr posted at 3:22 pm on Tue, Oct 2, 2012.

    Charles Dudley Jr Posts: 1281

    Prayers up for all of the victims,families and extended families effected by this tragedy.[sad]

  • Mike Bullard posted at 11:08 am on Mon, Oct 1, 2012.

    Mike Bullard Posts: 578

    Wham, in an instant, so sad. Probly--intoxicated or not--another "fidgeting while driving" thing, such a busy world anymore. What a price for a flash of a lapse. Poor everybody.