DUI crash on Hwy 201 results in injuries

Multiple individuals hurt in alcohol-related collision on Avenue 400

By Mid Valley Times Staff
Published January 13, 2024  • 
9:30 am

TULARE COUNTY – A car accident between two vehicles on Highway 201 has left a handful of people with major injuries, highlighting the unfortunate consequences of a car crash influenced by alcohol.

On Jan. 8, the Fresno Communication Center received calls of a crash on Highway 201 at Road 84, with medical personnel responding. Officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Visalia Area responded to the scene and investigated the crash; one person was arrested as a result of the investigation.

Upon arrival at the scene, it was determined by CHPs that a resident, identified as Ms. Garcia, was traveling eastbound on Highway 201 – otherwise known as Avenue 400 – approaching Road 84 in a 2008 Honda. Another citizen, identified as Mr. Simon, was traveling westbound on Avenue 400 approaching Road 84 in a 2006 Mazda.

According to reports, based on the statement from a witness at the scene of the crash and the statements obtained from Mr. Simon and the passengers seated inside of the Mazda at the time of the crash, the accident came to be after Garcia turned her vehicle left, northbound onto Road 84 and into the direct path of the Mazda.

Due to the proximity between the two vehicles, Simon was unable to avoid a crash despite hitting his vehicle’s brakes, and the front of the Mazda struck the right side of the Honda. The impact caused both the Honda and the Mazda to veer off and travel onto the west dirt shoulder of Avenue 400, just west of Road 84.

As a result of the impact, not only was Garcia injured, but all three of her passengers sustained major injuries. One of six passengers in the Mazda also sustained what is believed to be a minor injury at the time of report. All but one passenger in the Honda were transported to hospitals via ground ambulance; the one passenger not transported via ambulance was taken to the Fresno Community Regional Medical Center via air ambulance.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in this accident, which was determined at the scene of the crash and resulted in the arrest of Garcia.

Mid Valley Times Staff