The Fresno Bee reported recently that a recent motor vehicle crash in the city of Fresno sent two people to the hospital early Saturday morning with injuries described as life-threatening in an incident that authorities attributed to driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI.)
According to officials from the California Highway Patrol, the incident occurred between 12:25 a.m. and 12:35 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Saturday, January 24, 2021, on the southbound off-ramp from Highway 41 to McKinley Avenue. Two men from Kingsberg, both 26 years of age, were in a 2013 Chevrolet Sonic when for unknown reasons still under investigation, the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car went airborne and then rolled over several times.
Neither the driver nor the passenger were properly wearing their seat belt and both were taken to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries. Neither victim was identified to the press by authorities.
Alcohol was likely a contributing factor in the incident, according to sources at the California Highway Patrol. One person was arrested on suspicion of Felony DUI causing injury.
Law enforcement officials took the opportunity to remind drivers that drunken driving, as evidenced by this accident, is dangerous both to the driver and to all others on the roads, and that responsible drinkers should designate a designated driver or seek alternate forms of transport, such as Uber or Lyft, when they are intoxicated or plan to be so.