Car kills Pollock bicyclist

By From page A1 | May 01, 2013


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.”

Cole Mayer

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