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Crash leaves young driver with minor injuries in Novato - Marinscope Community Newspapers : Novato Advance

Crash leaves young driver with minor injuries in Novato

Hatchback ends up near the railroad tracks down a steep embankment

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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:22 pm

A young driver avoided major injuries after striking another vehicle and sliding down an embankment on Redwood Boulevard Nov. 27.

The red Honda Civic hatchback landed upright near railroad tracks at the intersection of North Redwood Boulevard and San Marin Drive at approximately 8 a.m., said Sgt. Jennifer Welch.

“The driver made a right turn in front of another vehicle while turning from San Marin Drive onto Redwood Boulevard,” Welch said. “The driver of the 1990s Honda struck the front bumper of a newer Audi, causing the Honda to slide down the embankment.”

Although the driver didn’t sustain visible injuries, according to the Novato Fire District, she was transported to a local hospital after she complained of pain. One car window was broken and a small amount of damage affected the car’s passenger side.

The driver will be referred to traffic court for the traffic violation, police said.

The accident was the second of the week. A Novato 17-year-old was arrested for suspected DUI after crashing his car into a fire hydrant, tree and ditch Nov. 20, injuring himself and his five passengers, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The driver was under the influence of alcohol and admitted smoking marijuana just before driving, said the CHP. His passengers, all 17, are Novato residents.

The teen’s vehicle was traveling between 60 and 80 mph south on Sutro Avenue at Vineyard Road in Novato at approximately 12:30 a.m. when the driver lost control and crashed.

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