Rollover crash closes Highway 70 for a time

Yoni Morterroca, 22, of Daly City, was driving a 2013 white Mitsubishi Lancer westbound on Highway 70 just west of Keddie Resort Road at just after 10 a.m. on Nov. 22.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Morterroca was driving at a high rate of speed. He had just passed two westbound motorists over the double yellow line in curves at an estimated 90 mph (according to the other motorists). As the Lancer entered a sharp right hand curve, the vehicle’s tires lost traction with the roadway and skidded across the eastbound lane. The Lancer left the south asphalt edge of the highway and hit a metal paddle marker and a metal covering over a drain. The Lancer then hit head on into the mountainside and flipped over on its top. The vehicle came to rest in the middle of the highway on its top blocking both lanes of the highway.

All of the occupants of the Lancer : a 26-year-old male from San Francisco; a 24-year-old male from Orangevale; and a 36-year-old man from Daly City; were transported to the hospital. Morterroca and the passenger from San Francisco were transported to Enloe Medical Center for care; while the other two passengers were taken to Plumas District Hospital for treatment. They were all using the vehicle’s safety equipment.