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Placer County, California — February 1, 2014

An accident on Foresthill Road in Placer County killed a man, injured a 10-year-old girl, and led tot he arrest of another man on Saturday according to highway patrol officials.

The California Highway Patrol said that 35-year-old Foresthill resident Eugene Louis Mitchell was driving a Dodge Ram pickup westbound near Upper Lake Clementine just past 7 a.m. when he crossed into the path of a Chevrolet Malibu. The unidentified 58-year-old woman driving the Malibu died at the scene.

The 10-year-old girl in the Malibu was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. Mr. Mitchell suffered minor injuries and was arrested on drunk driving charges.

In 2008, a total of 1,347 children age 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle crashes. Out of those 216 deaths, about half (99) were occupants of a vehicle with a driver who had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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