COARSEGOLD — A crash between a motorhome and a pickup on Thursday night resulted in one person being charged with driving under the influence, and two others with minor injuries.
Just after 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, a family from New York was northbound on Highway 41 in a rented Cruise America RV just south of Coarsegold near Coyote Hollow Lane.
The motorhome was turning left into the parking lot at Fast Tire when it was struck on the right side by a southbound 2011 Dodge pickup driven by a 50-year-old man out of Coarsegold.
The force of the collision opened a hole near the rear of the RV, and a 9-year-old girl who was sleeping in the back bed was ejected out onto the roadway, spraining her ankle, according to CHP.
The girl’s mother then jumped out of the opening where her daughter had fallen and broke her ankle when she landed on the pavement.
Though the RV apparently turned in front of the pickup, setting the unfortunate chain of events in motion, the driver of the Dodge had a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath, had red watery eyes, and was slurring his speech, according to CHP who responded to the scene. He was arrested for misdemeanor DUI and transported to Madera County Department of Corrections, but with no priors or warrants and a local ID, he was released on his own recognizance.
Both mother and daughter were transported by Sierra Ambulance to St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno for treatment of their injuries.
The force of the collision scattered debris across the roadway and one-lane traffic control was put in place. The lanes were cleared by 9:45 p.m.