A young woman from Cambria who was injured in a crash returned from the hospital Tuesday and is recovering from a broken collarbone and broken ribs.
Madeleine Rice, 18, of Cambria was one of 10 people injured in a Highway 1 crash Saturday night, after a SUV carrying students to the Morro Bay High School prom collided with a passing car.
Rice was one of eight passengers in a 1999 GMC Yukon SUV that was involved in the accident around 8:50 p.m. near Highland Drive in San Luis Obispo. Rice, the daughter of Monty and Julia Rice of Cambria, was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center with major injuries after the crash.
Her mother confirmed Tuesday, May 5, that she had been released from the hospital and was home resting.
“It has just been heartwarming beyond our imagination how generous everyone has been,” Julia Rice said in thanking the community for its support.
She said she had received numerous phone calls of concern and support.
According to the CHP, 18-year-old Samantha Aranda of Los Osos was driving the SUV, which made “an unsafe turning movement” into the second lane and collided with a 2007 Nissan Sentra carrying two Bay Area residents. The SUV then hit the embankment on the side of the road and overturned, ejecting one passenger.
Aranda was driving eight passengers to the Morro Bay prom at the Cayucos Veterans Hall, the CHP said. The passengers included Madeleine Rice, 20-year-old Daniel Segura of Los Osos and six 17-year-olds — five girls and one boy — whose names were not being released.
All nine occupants of the SUV and the Nissan’s passenger, 18-year-old Yael Mayer of Sunnyvale, were taken to local hospitals, the CHP said. Sierra Vista spokesman RonYukelson said five of the people taken to the hospital were treated and released immediately.
The CHP said alcohol was not thought to have been a factor in the collision, and no arrests were made following the incident.