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Car kills Pollock bicyclist

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From page A1 | May 01, 2013 | 5 Comments

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BEREAVED MOTHER — Lorraine McFarland of Spearfish, S.D., stands next to a roadside memorial created for her daughter, Crystal, where she was hit by a car while bicycling on Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines April 30. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

A woman died from injuries sustained in an April 26 night traffic accident in Pollock Pines.

Michelle Erickson, 30, allegedly hit Crystal Wood, 28, with her 1997 Silver Toyota 4Runner on Pony Express Trail just west of Pony Bob Drive at 10 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Quinn Cuthbertson. Wood was on a bicycle, and reports indicated that Wood might have been in the middle of the road, though confirmation was still pending.

Wood was on her way to visit and have dinner with Lynn Clark-Wallace and her husband, Tim. Lynn, Wood’s “sister by choice,” was an old friend Wood once lived with. “She was hit and killed, coming to dinner,” Clark-Wallace said. “She knew all the people in Pollock Pines, she would ride around and visit them.”

Wood sustained “serious, serious head injury” as a result of the accident, Cuthbertson said, and was flown by Cal Star to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. She succumbed to her injuries over the weekend.

Although, according to Cuthbertson, it was unknown as of Tuesday who was at fault and the primary cause had yet to be determined, Erickson was arrested on a charge of DUI resulting in injury. She was released the morning of May 27 on $25,000 bail.

A celebration of life for her “little sister” was held on Saturday evening, Clark-Wallace said, with more than 100 people in attendance and more still showing up. Wood’s mother, who flew in from South Dakota, stayed with Clark-Wallace for the celebration.

“If there’s one message we and the family want to get out, it’s that she saved lives,” Clark-Wallace said. “She was a donor, she helped save lives. She was an awesome person and we miss her terribly.”

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  • AshleeApril 30, 2013 - 3:41 pm

    My name is Ashlee, I was born in placerville and raised all of my life in pollock pines, I never met the victim, although this is a tragedy for both sides, people should see it as such. My heart hurts for both families. The driver of the 4 runner is my best friend and I want everyone to know that her heart and soul are suffering tremendously. She would never in all of life bring pain or harm to anyone. I would just like everyone to realize that my friend is a good and caring person, what happened is killing her. Please in your heart of hearts realize that there are two families suffering because of this ACCIDENT.

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  • KellyApril 30, 2013 - 5:09 pm

    Like Ashlee, I too am a close friend of Michelle's and her family. My heart goes out to Crystal's family. As a mother, I can't even fathom what it must be like to lose a child. This was truly a horrible accident, but it was exactly that...an ACCIDENT. Michelle is an amazing woman, friend, mother and co-worker. Her Rusty Nail family supports and stands beside her 100%! I pray that no one makes the mistake of harboring any ill will towards Michelle which would in turn only add to this already unfair tragedy.

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  • James E.April 30, 2013 - 5:31 pm

    I agreed with Ashlee and Kelly's comments and then I read the story. DUI resulting in homicide. Ladies if DUI is proven, it wasn't an accident -- it was caused. Yes, even if the victim was in the middle of the road at night, as bikes have reflectors and drivers have the duty to be attentive to what's in the road ahead day and night, so as not to harm. Especially damning if the driver has been drinking. Assume the driver failed a breath or blood test or the CHP wouldn't have arrested her. Will people ever realize they cannot drink and drive? I know this comment will not make Ashlee and Kelly happy, but drunk driving kills people. Sad, but true.

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  • CherylMay 02, 2013 - 8:10 am

    My condolences to the family of Crystal Wood. Article says she died due to head injuries, was she wearing a helmet? If not it should have been noted as a warning to others.

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  • lizMay 02, 2013 - 8:58 am

    Crystal was a very close friend to me. I spent time with her and her mother. I can't imagine the pain Rainie is going through losing her child. Most are on here to defend michelle saying this was an accident. Is it an accident she drank? Is it an accident that she chose to get behind the wheel of a car impaired? Yeah I pray for her, I pray that justice is done and she gets what she deserves. I just hope justce prevailes in the end. Crystal, you were a great friend, mother and daughter RIP

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