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Update: Teen injured in Highway 49 collision with auto in North Auburn

By: Gus Thomson and Ben Furtado, Auburn Journal Staff
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A busy stretch of Highway 49 just outside Auburn city limits was the scene Tuesday of yet another collision between a pedestrian and auto. The pedestrian – reportedly a 15-year-old male – sustained what emergency personnel described as minor to moderate injuries. He was taken by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center after colliding with the side of a Jeep Cherokee driven by a Roseville woman. Witnesses said the youth had seconds earlier stepped out into the roadway and then retreated. The collision occurred at about 4 p.m. on a five-lane section of Highway 49 just north of the Edgewood Road intersection. Driver Melinda Hammans of Roseville couldn’t hold back her tears minutes after the accident. She’s an employee at a children’s emergency shelter. She said the teen bolted out into traffic and hit the passenger side of her jeep. “Every child is precious,” Hammans said. “It’s very emotional. I want more teenagers to be more aware of what’s around them and think before they leap.” Officer Greg Moser, of the California Highway Patrol, said at the scene that early indications were the youth ran out in front of traffic. He was believed to have been conscious after the collision and had not been thrown by the impact, Moser said. Shelley Collins, operator of EZ Way Driving School, didn’t see the accident but said she watched as the youth had earlier walked about halfway into the highway then changed his mind and returned to the side of the road. Collins said she remarked at the time that she should have taken a video of the teen’s actions to show student drivers how pedestrians can change their minds. The accident occurred seconds after the attempt to cross the highway and about 40 yards north. Neither crossing attempts were near crosswalks or signaled intersections. Tuesday’s collision occurred about 60 yards south of where a man was struck and killed last September when he attempted to cross Highway 49 to return to an oil change business after having breakfast at a 1000-block Highway 49 restaurant. In December, a man was struck and seriously injured when he attempted to cross Highway 49 against the light at Atwood Road. Moser said he had no information on the identity of the victim in Tuesday’s accident. A Placer County Sheriff’s Department officer at the scene said the injured youth was 15. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com.