A couch sitting in the middle of Mitchell Road led to an accident that sent a car down an embankment near the Modesto Airport and injured three Ceres youth early on the morning of Monday, June 30.
On Sunday evening, Brodi Waring, 22, his sister Jacklyn Lamb, 15, and friend Patrick Miller, 29, went to a friend's house in Modesto to watch movies. They were returning home to Ceres on southbound Mitchell Road at about 1:30 a.m. when they came upon the couch in the dark. Waring swerved to the left to miss the couch, then overcorrected to the right as the car sailed off the road and down an embankment. The vehicle flipped and landed on its roof against a chain-link fence bordering the airport's eastern runway. Jacklyn was ejected through the rear window and landed in the shrubs down the embankment. Lamb said she had taken her seatbelt off shortly before the accident to lay down in the backseat. Her injuries included a broken pelvis, extensive cuts to her lower back, a large gash on her right ankle.
Both male occupants sustained minor injuries, including cuts and scrapes by the airbag deployment.
The accident has inflicted a financial strain on the victims and their family, said family friend Kathi Foster who has set up a donation account for the family. She said aside from the fact that the car was totaled and only insured against liability, insurance will only help with some medical expenses and the family is in need of cash for rehabilitation services for Jacklyn.
The public can assist in making donations online at http://www.gofundme.com/b2h3lk
Meanwhile Foster said she is hoping that whoever dropped the couch in the road could own up to their role in the crash by contacting the California Highway Patrol.