Lodi police: DUI crash sends woman to hospital

3:10 PM, Jul 17, 2011   |    comments
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LODI, CA - An early morning accident between a Corvette and a Pontiac sent one person to a hospital with major injuries and closed Highway 12 for hours.

The crash happened just after midnight Sunday in the intersection of Lower Sacramento Road and Kettleman Lane/Highway 12, according to Lodi Police spokesman Cpl. Dale Eubanks.

A woman driving a 2011 Corvette convertible was speeding southbound on Lower Sacramento Road when she broadsided the 1994 Pontiac Bonneville in the intersection. Eubanks said the impact of the collision cut the Pontiac in half and sent the Corvette flying down the road, upside down another 700 feet.

Three people inside the Pontiac walked away with minor injuries but the woman driving the Corvette sustained major injuries to her face and upper body and severed one of her hands in the crash, said Eubanks.

The woman, whose name was not released, was airlifted to a south Sacramento hospital in serious condition.

Police investigators said it appears the woman was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Highway 12 was shut down in the area and traffic was diverted around the scene of the accident until 7 a.m.



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