Driver arrested for DUI, not blamed for fatal car crash

by bil | July 11th, 2007

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports the same stretch of California highway that turned lethal in a drunken-driving accident two months ago has proven deadly again.

A 23-year old Boulder Creek woman died when she allowed her 1996 Mazda to drift over the double yellow lines as she drove southbound on California Highway 9 just north of Bear Creek Road, the CHP reported. Her vehicle collided head-on at the intersection of Monaco Lane with a 2003 Mitsubishi driven by a 34-year old Gilroy man.

The man was arrested for misdemeanor driving under the influence, but the preliminary investigation suggests the woman was at fault for the California car accident.

“These things happen from time to time,” said CHP officer Grant Boles regarding the fact that it was the man who was determined to be under the influence. “We’ve had drunk drivers run into each other; it’s just kind of one of those things that, you know, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time”

Though the man appears not to be at fault in the accident, “a lot of our fatal collisions are a result of drunk driving,” said Boles. “That is an issue for us, that there are so many fatal collisions with drunk driving involved”

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