A 50-year-old Marysville man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter after a collision Wednesday night that killed a 17-year-old girl, also from Marysville, the California Highway Patrol said today.

The victim, Danielle Woodruff, who lived on Huston Street, was on her way to a birthday party in Hallwood, said Yuba County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Melanie Oakes.

The accident happened about 5:55 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 20 west of Plantz Road. The CHP identified the man as Lorenzo Flores.

Woodruff was taken to Rideout Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She was a student and was wearing a Marysville High School class ring, said Oakes.

She would have turned 18 on Jan. 22, Oakes said.

According to a CHP report, Flores was driving west when he crossed into the eastbound lane, causing two vehicles to swerve onto the shoulder. He then collided head-on with a 1990 Ford Escort driven by the girl.

Jeremy Lopez, who was on his way home to Browns Valley, was driving the second car that had to swerve.

"He was in my lane fully and I was off on the shoulder," Lopez said. "He went right by me. I immediately looked in my rear-view mirror and saw the head-on with the car behind me."

Flores' 1993 Mercury landed on its roof in the middle of the road. He was taken to Rideout Memorial Hospital and treated for a broken leg.

"I dialed 911 as I ran back to the accident," Lopez said. "By that time numerous people were coming out of their vehicles to check on them. She (Woodruff) wasn't responding to us talking to her."

Lopez said discovering more details about Woodruff today makes it harder.

"I didn't know she was that young," he said.

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