MADERA — On May 16, 2022, at approximately 5:50 p.m., the California Highway Patrol Merced Communications Center (MCC) was notified of a two-vehicle collision which occurred on State Route 41 (SR-41), north of Road 406. Officers from the Madera area CHP and emergency personnel responded to the scene.
A preliminary investigation by CHP has determined the following information: Guadalupe Olivia Tijerina, 52, of Fresno was driving a 2008 Honda Accord on SR-41 southbound at an undetermined speed. At the same time, Gabriel Ignacio Rodriguez Jastram, 26, of Frankfurt, Germany, was driving a 2020 GMC Canyon on SR-41 northbound, north of Road 406, at approximately 55 miles per hour, approaching the Honda.
For an undetermined reason, Ms. Tijerina made an unsafe turning movement and allowed the Honda to cross the double yellow lines into the northbound lane where it collided head on with the GMC. As a result of the crash, the airbags in both vehicles deployed. Following the initial crash, the Honda spun out and also collided into the rock embankment east of SR-41.
Following the crash, the Honda came to rest on its wheels, facing in an northerly direction, blocking the northbound lane of SR-41. The GMC came to rest on its wheels, facing in an easterly direction blocking the northbound lane of SR-41. Ms. Tijerina was pinned in the Honda and had to be extricated by fire personnel. Tijerina sustained major injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for treatment. Mr. Rodriguez Jastram and his female passenger, Ann Sophie Von Zastrow, sustained minor injuries and were not transported. It appears all parties were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. SR-41 was closed for approximately an hour for investigation and clean up.
Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this crash. This crash remains under investigation.
Anyone with information or questions regarding this crash is asked to contact the CHP Madera Area Public Information Officer Javier Ruvalcaba at 559-675-1025.