The wreck that tied up Highway 41 for several hours on Tuesday, Oct. 30, has been determined to be the result of someone driving under the influence, says the California Highway Patrol.
Esmeralda Hernandez, 29, of Clovis, was northbound on Highway 41 just south of Mecca Lane, when she drifted into the southbound lane and opposing traffic.Hernandez’s 2006 Honda CRX collided with a pickup truck driven by Angelo Hernandez, 21, also of Clovis. The two are not related.
Angelo Hernandez was driving a 2005 Ford F-150 pulling a small utility trailer. His brother, Roman Hernandez, 18, of Clovis, was a passenger in the truck.
Ms. Hernandez had a one-year-old passenger in the vehicle, in an infant child safety restraint. Ms. Hernandez suffered serious injuries to her head, neck and back, and she and the child were both airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center. The child’s injuries are unknown, but were considered to be minor at the scene, according to a news release from CHP.
Angelo and Roman Hernandez were both transported by ground ambulance to Clovis Community Hospital complaining of pain. The condition of the brothers is unknown.
Esmeralda Hernandez was determined to be under the influence at the time of the collision, and the person at fault. She was arrested and will be charged with felony DUI and felony Child Endangerment, according to the CHP.
The accident remains under investigation.