Sacto 9-1-1
September 18, 2012
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to wrong-way driver in fatal Highwy 50 crash in El Dorado County?

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QUESTION: Several years ago, an employee of Home Depot in Placerville finished his work shift and was driving home on Highway 50 westbound when his vehicle was hit head on by a vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. The driver of the westbound vehicle was killed in the accident and the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was seriously injured. The Home Depot employee had recently been married. Was the wrong-way driver ever convicted?
Submitted by: Pokopete, Garden Valley

ANSWER: Theresa Ghersanich pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter while driving intoxicated in the crash that killed Bruce Michael Bone of Orangevale.

Bone, 41, died April 7, 2010, in a head-on collision on Highway 50 west of Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs. Ghersanich, a Placerville resident, also suffered major injuries the crash, which occurred as she drove her SUV eastbound in the westbound lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Ghersanich, 57, was sentenced in El Dorado Superior Court in March to 10 years in state prison. She is incarcerated at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla.

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