COARSEGOLD – A head-on collision near Mecca Lane on Sunday resulted in serious injury to a local doctor, and the arrest of the driver who crashed into him for driving under the influence.
Cathy Ann Robertson, 52, of Los Banos was headed southbound on Highway 41 at 8:21 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 in a 2009 Toyota Camry. According to Sgt. Ed Greene of the CHP, she had been drinking at the Chukchansi Casino.Robertson drifted across the center line and into the northbound lane where she collided with a 1997 Porche 911, driven by Dr. John McBride, an Oakhurst physician.
Robertson then ran away from the scene, according to Sgt. Greene, and hid in some bushes.
She was apprehended and arrested for driving under the influence, DUI causing injury to another with a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater, felony hit and run, and obstructing or delaying a peace officer. She was booked into the Madera County Jail.
Traffic was diverted through Yosemite Lakes Park, and Highway 41 was closed down for about an hour.
Dr. McBride was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries. His office staff say that his schedule has been cleared for at least the next month, but that the office is still open, and others on staff are available to care for Dr. McBride’s patients.