Fatality

On January 1, 2021, at approximately 2:40 a.m., Luke Schnellbaecher, 26, of Pine Grove (Amador County), was driving his 2013 Nissan Juke westbound on Highway 88 east of Hinton Road at an undetermined speed. For an unknown reason, Schnellbaecher allowed his vehicle to exit the north side of the roadway and collide with a tree. The vehicle continued, westbound and rolled over multiple times. Schnellbaecher was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Unfortunately, Schnellbaecher succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Alcohol and/or drugs are suspected to be a factor in this collision, according to the California Highway Patrol's press release.