Wednesday Nov 17 2010
Senior suffers heart attack, internal bleeding from crash
By: Lien Hoang, The Press Tribune
An elderly man is in critical condition after a car crash Wednesday, though he showed no physical injuries on scene. Donald Ray, who lives in Sun City Roseville, suffered internal bleeding and a heart attack, according to a friend, Robert Hughes. Ray was strapped into a stretcher around 11 a.m. at the corner of Pleasant Grove Boulevard and Misty Wood Drive. People on site said he was “shaken up” but only being taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center as a precaution. But doctors found his injuries more severe than was initially visible. Sutter spokeswoman Robin Montgomery said at 10 a.m. Friday that Ray was still in critical condition. On Wednesday, Hughes was driving Ray - whose age he estimated as 79 - in a red Honda Accord west on Pleasant Grove, when a white Mercedes SUV pulled out in front of him. The sedan’s front section was mangled, with dents to the rear on the driver’s side. The SUV, whose middle-aged driver would not give her name, showed red paint markings and large depressions near the wheels of the passenger’s side. “I didn’t see him,” the SUV driver told the Press Tribune. “It was my fault.” The woman, who seemed to have been crying and trembling, said she lived a few houses down from the spot of the collision. She spoke to Hughes cordially, with both exchanging contact information. They stood by as Roseville firefighters dumped sand around the Accord to soak up oil that had leaked and swept up the shattered glass and parts. Within an hour, nearby traffic that had slowed was back to normal. “I’m so sorry,” the woman said to Hughes. “I’ve never been in an accident, and I just got a brand new car.” Hughes declined to give her name to the Press Tribune the next day, saying, "She's been treating us fairly." Lien Hoang can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.