An accident on Jan. 7 claimed one life and injured another Sly Park Road.
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A 1993 blue Ford Ranger was traveling westbound on Sly Park Road at 1:25 p.m., going between 50 and 60 mph when it traveled off the north shoulder, CHP Officer Quinn Cuthbertson said. The truck fishtailed, rotating clockwise towards Shell Lane. “It struck a tree with the driver door,” Cuthbertson said.
The passenger of the vehicle, Lisa Papkov, 41, of Placerville, was ejected from the car, sustaining major injuries. She was later life-flighted to a hospital by a Cal Star helicopter. “As far as I know, she lived,” Cuthbertson said on Feb. 11. The driver, Simeon Papkov, 65, of Placerville, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Thomas Findleton witnessed the accident. “They came around the corner and slid. He overcorrected,” Findleton said. The tree crushed the door panel of the truck.
He said Lisa Papkov ended up underneath the car after being ejected. “She looked dead, crumpled,” he said. Findleton’s wife, Jamie, took his jacket and used it to cover the woman, talking to her and comforting her. “Her pelvic bone was separated,” he thought, and Lisa told Jamie that it hurt.
Meanwhile, he watched the elder Papkov — who he believed to be the father of the passenger — take his last few breaths. He said Lisa was “lucky she went under the car” and that it could have saved her life.
Neither were wearing seat belts, Cuthbertson said, and it is unknown if any alcohol was involved.