Hwy. 50 head-on crash kills 1, injures 4


One person died and four people were injured in a head-on collision Friday night near Kyburz.

A woman was driving west on Highway 50 about two mile east of the 76 Station when she drifted across the center line into oncoming traffic.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Chris Sahagun said the accident is under investigation and the cause is under investigation.

He didn’t know if the road was wet at the time of the 5:45pm Oct. 16 collision, but said it was when he arrived on scene an hour later.

The identities of the five people have not been released. All were wearing seat belts.

The male driver of the other vehicle, who is from San Pablo, was air lifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento with moderate injuries. His three passengers – two men and a woman – complained of pain and were taken by ambulance to area hospitals.

— Lake Tahoe News staff report


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Comments (12)
  1. Irish Wahini says - Posted: October 17, 2015

    Very sad… There are lots of cars/trucks that drift over that Hwy 50 center line between Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. With no-where to go on the 2-lane portions of Hwy 50, we all need to be diligent defensive drivers.

  2. don't give up says - Posted: October 17, 2015

    I presume by a process of elimination the drifter was the fatality. Sad.

  3. Rooster says - Posted: October 17, 2015

    How many people have to die or get seriously injured before Caltrans finally puts a concrete barrier in the center medium of hwy. 50 all the way from Tahoe to Ice house road?

  4. Lisa says - Posted: October 18, 2015

    My son in laws Tim Ayers sister, Kimberly Ayers is the one that got killed in this accident, RIP Kimberly .

  5. Hmmm... says - Posted: October 18, 2015

    Lisa…my condolences to you and your family. Blessed be.

  6. Ken says - Posted: October 18, 2015

    Lisa, my wife and her sisters were the first to stop, and call 911. They sat with Kimberly and held her hand while they all waited for the paramedics, trying to comfort her and encourage her to hold on. She was not alone. We’re all so sorry for your loss.

  7. Roberta Braswell says - Posted: October 18, 2015

    Lisa and to all of Kimberlys family, my sisters and I were there at the time of the accident. My sisters immediately ran over and began helping Kimberly. I called 911. We stayed by her side the whole time until paramedics came. She wasn’t alone. All of her family have been in our prayers since that awful night. My heart breaks for your loss.

  8. June Caruso says - Posted: October 18, 2015

    My heart has been heavy since Friday night. Me and my 2 sisters went to Tahoe for the day and as we’re heading home we came up to the accident as it just happened. We were the 3rd car behind her. The 2 cars a head of us drove away. Me and my sisters jumped out and ran to her and as my sisters called 911 and checked on the SUV. I stayed with her until medics came reassuring her she was not alone and to stay strong. Sadly she passed away after medics pulled her from the car. My prayers are with the family and friends. I saw she was wearing a wedding ring so extra prayers for her husband.

  9. William Ayers says - Posted: October 18, 2015

    I am the father of Kimberly. This report says she was traveling WEST on Hwy 50, and all the other reports I have seen says she was traveling EAST. Which report is correct?

  10. Ann says - Posted: October 19, 2015

    We were headed toward Tahoe from San Francisco, a couple of miles outside Kyburz, when the accident happened. It’s possible that Ms. Ayers was momentarily distracted by the spectacular rainbow that had formed high above in the misty weather. As a passenger in our car, I took pictures of it before we were stopped by the accident backup. If that’s indeed the case, while it doesn’t diminish this terrible tragedy, it might explain what happened. May her loved ones find peace.

  11. Roberta says - Posted: October 20, 2015

    William Ayers, I am so sorry for your loss. I will answer your question with what I saw. When the cars stopped from the impact, Kimberlys car was facing West like she was heading toward Sacramento.

  12. Kits Carson says - Posted: October 20, 2015

    Very sad. Best thoughts and prayers to all involved.