Driver suffers minor injuries in one-car accident on Highway 16

Crash

The car's passenger side suffered serious damage in the accident.

An Elk Grove man suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon when his vehicle ran off Jackson Road on the accident-prone stretch between the North and South gates. 

CHP Officer E. Persijn said the driver of the 1997 Ford Taurus was returning from hs job in Ione about 3:30 p.m. when he entered the eastbound lane of traffic on a curve, overcorrected, returned to the westbound lane and ran off the side of the road into a utility pole on the golf course side of the street.  The passenger side of the car was extensively damaged.

"Thank God there wasn't a passenger," Persijn said.  The driver refused to go to the hospital, Persijn said, even though he had suffered bruising and cuts to his face. 

That stretch of Highway 16 had two serious accidents last year.

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Beth Buderus
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Lower the speed limit
So how do we get the speed limit lowered to 45 mph for the section of Stonehouse Road to Rancho South?
Bobbi Belton
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speed limit

Beth, both RMA and CSD have sent letters in support of reducing the spped limit on that stretch of Jackson Highway. Where it goes from here is anyone's guess.

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Connie Peach
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Speed on Highway 16 between North and South
While I would agree that this stretch has had it's share of accidents, I don't know if reducing the speed limit is the answer to the problem.  The accidents have been caused by drunk drivers, speeders, eyes being taken off the road, or any combination of the three.  Reducing the speed limit is not going to all of a sudden stop drivers from drinking and driving or make all drivers drive within a stated speed limit.  If someone wants to speed or drink/drive or both, they are going to do it no matter what the speed limit is.  All drivers have to do is drive within the stated speed limit and keep their eyes on the road and this area of the road can be driven each and every time with success.  I have lived out here for almost 17 years with no issues driving the section of the road.  I don't know what the answer to this problem would be,but I don't believe reducing the speed limit it is.