A head-on crash early Saturday morning on Highway 41 in Madera County left one driver dead and four people injured, the California Highway Patrol said.
The CHP said a 24-year-old female driver from Oakhurst who was killed in the crash was possibly under the influence. Her name was withheld pending notification of family.
A 2-year-old girl riding in the woman’s car was taken to Valley Children’s Hospital with major injuries.
The Oakhurst woman’s car hit two oncoming cars, and three people in those cars suffered major but not life-threatening injuries and were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. They included driver Ricardo Flores, 43, of Sanger and a 40-year-old female passenger who CHP said had not yet been identified; and 22-year-old Maria E. Medrano of Fresno.
The CHP described what happened:
The Oakhurst woman was southbound about 12:50 a.m. south of Road 200 (the O’Neals cutoff), and she allowed her Honda Civic to drift over the double yellow line into northbound traffic. At that section of Highway 41, there are two northbound lanes.
The Civic hit both a Nissan driven by Flores and a Honda Accord driven by Medrano. Highway 41 was blocked until just after 3:30 a.m. because of the wreck and a resulting small brush fire.
The CHP said the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the CHP Madera office at 559-675-1025.
The crash scene is near where a pregnant woman who may have been drunk crashed May 20. Candice Ooley, 23, of Clovis faces charges in connection with that crash, which killed a 47-year-old Lemoore man.