A Lemoore man is dead and a pregnant Clovis woman is in custody on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter after a crash Friday night on Highway 41 in Madera County, the California Highway Patrol said.
CHP Officer Paul Varner said the crash happened about 9:50 p.m. on northbound Highway 41 north of the North Fork turnoff. A Chevrolet Cruze driven by 23-year-old Candice Ooley rear-ended a Hummer H3 driven by a Lemoore man. The Hummer careened down an embankment.
Ooley was booked into the Madera County jail after 4 a.m. on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other DUI-related offenses. Her total bond was set at $151,900.
Ooley was honored as a Buchanan High junior in 2010 in a Clovis Unified program that recognizes students who overcome personal obstacles to achieve education goals. Attempts to reach her family Saturday were unsuccessful.
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The CHP did not immediately release names, but Varner said the man appeared to be in his 40s or 50s.
There were three other people in the Hummer, and all were taken to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. No children were involved and no one else was in the Cruze, Varner said.
There was no immediate word about the condition of Ooley or her unborn child. Officer Justin Montooth in the CHP Fresno office said Saturday that Madera County CHP officers still were gathering details about the accident. A statement would be released by Monday, Montooth said.
Madera County law enforcement officials were not immediately available to comment.
Cleanup lasted more than four hours after the accident.
Bee staff contributed to this report.