OAKHURST – Traffic was backed up in all directions after a head-on collision at the intersection of Highways 41 and 49 this afternoon.
At about 6 p.m., on Monday, May 27, an Oakhurst woman was returning from a day of relaxing by the pool, and had four kids in her Cadillac Escalade.
She was northbound on Highway 41 and was turning left at the intersection onto Highway 49, when a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer ran the red light southbound and crashed into her SUV.
After the driver of the Trail Blazer, Jan Aminoff, 56, of Oakhurst, blew through the red light and collided with the Escalade, she reportedly got out of her wrecked SUV, walked over the the family she had just smashed into, and said, “I’m sorry, I was staring at the trees.”
No one in the Escalade was injured, though the driver did complain of some neck and leg pain and was examined by Sierra Ambulance personnel, but was not transported for medical treatment. The kids were all okay.
The CHP pushed the Cadillac out of the roadway to help get traffic moving, and Doc’s Towing arrived to remove both vehicles from the scene and clean debris from the roadway.
The CHP reports that Aminoff has had multiple arrests in Madera County. According to public records, she was most recently arrested for DUI on Dec. 16, 2012.
After a long interview and a field sobriety test, Aminoff, who kept insisting to officers that she had done nothing wrong, was arrested and transported to the Madera County Jail where she was book on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, DUI with 3 priors, and Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance.
According to the CHP, this was their 6th DUI arrest in the mountain area since the holiday weekend began at 6 p.m. on Friday.