Tragic Accident May Have Involved DUI

The Modesto Bee reports on a suspected DUI case that left a mother dead and two children injured. California Highway Patrol suspects that a DUI may be the cause of an accident that occurred west of Coulterville. The crash, which seriously injured a 5-year-old and killed his mother, happened on State Route 132 just west of Piney Creek Road. At about 6;15 p.m., the driver, identified as Sarah Nicole Cahoon, 28, drifted onto the right shoulder and up an embankment.

The 2002 Mazda MPV then overturned several times back onto the roadway. Cahoon and 5-year-old Michael Boesen were both ejected, with the child being thrown about 50 feet. The minivan rolled back over onto Cahoon.

Cahoon was pronounced dead at the scene, while 5-year-old Boesen was flown to UC Davis Medical Center with serious injuries. A second child, Jasmin Povio, who is 9, suffered from minor injuries. No one in the vehicle was wearing a safety belt.

CHP has stated that they are awaiting autopsy results to determine if DUI was a factor in the crash.

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