Crash kills dog, knocks out power to 208 Loomis residents

By: Elizabeth Speth, Loomis News Correspondent
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A single car accident claimed the life of a small dog and knocked out power for 208 Loomis residents on Monday evening, the California Highway Patrol reported. Brent Yearout, 40, of San Jose was traveling northbound on Auburn-Folsom Road in his black Jeep CJ around 6:14 p.m., May 9, when he swerved on to the right shoulder, hitting a power pole. Yearout “had a small dog, possibly a Chihuahua, in his coveralls, or possibly a carrier,” said CHP Officer David Martinez. “He had the dog right on his chest, and the dog was killed in the impact.” The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but Martinez said the driver, who sustained minor injuries, does not remember what caused him to swerve off the road. Pacific Gas and Electric spokesman Denny Boyles said the majority of those affected by the blackout – about 89 households -- had power restored by 6:50 p.m. “In cases like this,” Boyles said, “we will re-route power as quickly as possible, so we can restore power before the actual repair of the power pole.” Boyles said another 77 customers saw the lights go back on at 7:36 p.m., and the final 32 customers had to wait for actual repairs to the power pole, which were completed at 3:20 a.m. The affected area, PG&E reported, was along Dick Cook Road, from Val Verde Road east to Auburn-Folsom Road, and from Auburn-Folsom at Lomida Lane south to Dick Cook Road.