Sacto 9-1-1
November 7, 2011
CHP suspects Rancho Cordova teen fell asleep before I-80 crash

A Rancho Cordova teen probably fell asleep while driving on Interstate 80 in Davis, causing her to twice careen wildly across the freeway and into a tree.

The California Highway Patrol is asking anyone who might have witnessed the accident that caused major injuries to Nicole Francisco, 18, about 5 a.m. Saturday morning to contact the CHP's Woodland office.

The CHP said in a press release that Francisco was driving eastbound on I-80 west of Mace Boulevard at about 75 mph in the far right hand lane when for unknown reasons her car drifted across all lanes of traffic onto the dirt center median. Francisco's car then swerved back across I-80 onto the dirt shoulder where it hit a big tree and a fence.

Francisco suffered severe injuries and it took quite a bit of time to get her out of her car. She was taken to UC Davis Medical Center.

The CHP said it is possible Francisco fell asleep while driving. There is no evidence she had been drinking.

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