Condition of teens in car wreck kept confidential

Auburn woman treated and released
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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A 17-year-old Auburn teen remained in serious condition at Sutter Roseville Hospital Tuesday as a result of a Nov. 21 vehicle collision. The Chana High School student and two other Auburn residents were hospitalized Nov. 21 after the 1998 Toyota Camry he was reportedly driving left Mt. Vernon Road and hit a tree at about 8:30 p.m. The passenger, who was reportedly in the back seat of the car, is a 16-year-old Maidu High School student. He was life-flighted to Mercy San Juan Hospital Friday. On Monday, spokesman Bryan Gardner said the minor was in critical condition in the trauma intensive care unit at the center. On Friday, Mercy spokeswoman Jill Dryer said she could not release the boy’s condition until she received parental consent. Sutter Roseville officials cited the same reasoning for not releasing an update on the condition of the 17-year-old teen admitted to their hospital. The condition of the third passenger, who was reportedly in the front passenger seat, was released. Heather Richey, a 29-year-old Auburn resident, was treated and released from Sutter Roseville on Nov. 25. She was said to have suffered a lacerated spleen and liver and a concussion, according to California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kelly Baraga. The California Highway Patrol report has not yet been completed. Baraga said officers believe alcohol was involved. The Journal is withholding the names of the minors because possible juvenile charges are pending. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at or post a comment.