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Driver Arrested In Road 426 Accident

OAKHURST – Tawney Jeffries, 44 of Oakhurst, was arrested on Friday, Aug. 31, and charged with felony DUI while causing injuries to others.

According to the CHP report, Jeffries, who was impaired by alcohol, was traveling westbound on Road 426 just past Elliott Road at 6:25 p.m. last Friday, when she lost control of her 2006 Dodge Caravan. After swerving off the left side of the road and colliding with two trees, Jeffries then crossed back into the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a 2000 Subaru Legacy driven by Sharon Tannehill, 61 of North Fork.

The report also states that Tannehill’s two grandchildren, ages 8 and 12, were passengers in the car, and both were injured. One had a fractured right knee and right arm, and one had a lacerated appendix and trauma to the face. All three occupants of the Subaru were transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

There was a one-year-old child in Jeffries’ mini-van, and that child was transported to Valley Children’s Hospital with abrasions to the neck.

Jeffries was place under arrest, and after being medically cleared, was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections for felony DUI and child endangerment.

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  1. This is horrific news and very personal. Does anyone know how the victims are doing?

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