Collision near Strawberry kills woman |

Collision near Strawberry kills woman

Gregory Crofton

A head-on collision Saturday night left a 23-year-old El Dorado Hills woman dead and a man seriously injured at U.S. Highway 50 just west of Sciot Camp.

Alcohol is believed to be involved in the wreck, said the California Highway Patrol.

Joshua Dowell, 23, of Magalia, Calif., was driving eastbound at 9:10 p.m. in a 1994 green Subaru Impreza when he tried to pass a car on a double-yellow line, CHP said.

He hit the woman’s blue 1998 Honda Civic at a high rate of speed killing her instantly. Dowell was transported by helicopter to Sutter-Roseville Medical Center with major injuries. On Sunday, Dowell was out of the Intensive Care Unit listed in stable condition.

CHP said it had a patrol unit headed for Dowell’s car before the wreck because drivers on Highway 50 called and reported that he was speeding and passing cars illegally.

California Highway Patrol did not release the name of the 23-year-old woman pending notification of her family. Dowell and the woman were wearing seat belts during the crash.

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