Tuesday Sep 15 2009
ID released of fatal crash victim
By: Martha Garcia Gold Country News Service
21-year-old Granite Bay resident was Del Oro grad
The female driver of a late-model Toyota Highlander who died at the scene of a solo vehicle accident was identified Tuesday. The accident occurred at about 1:15 p.m. Monday on Rocklin Road, near Barton Road on the Loomis/Rocklin border. According to Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Bob Brodovsky, the SUV rolled over numerous times and the driver, Cassondra Mandeville, was ejected into a field next to the road where the car came to a stop. Mandeville, a 21-year-old Granite Bay resident, graduated from Del Oro High School in 2007. “At this point,” said Brodovsky, “it’s a solo vehicle rollover, with one female occupant.” He could not give the cause of the accident. “We’re just beginning the investigation. I don’t want to speculate,” he said. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin said the victim was a female in her early 20s. Erwin said the vehicle, which was traveling on Rocklin Road toward Barton, crossed over the left side of the road and went off the steep embankment. “Her car flipped 4 to 6 times, and she was ejected,” Erwin said. “It does appear she was not wearing a seat belt.” At 2:30 p.m., Rocklin Road remained closed from east of Sierra College Boulevard to Barton Road. Motorists can take Sierra College Boulevard as an alternate route. Brodovsky said the investigation would continue throughout the afternoon and evening. On Tuesday, Erwin said the investigation was ongoing. Martha Garcia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.