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Wreck snarls afternoon traffic

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By AMY LINDBLOM

and LENORE RUTHERFORD

A 76-year-old Jamestown woman remains hospitalized today in good condition with broken ribs after her car hit five cars in downtown Sonora yesterday afternoon.

Joyce Woodall told Sonora police officers yesterday that she had no idea what happened, said Lt. Patrick Tonegato.

"She told us she remembers passing the Red Church and then hearing sirens all around her, but nothing in between," Tonegato said. "We will be talking with her again today."

According to the police report, Woodall was driving south on Washington Street about 1:45 p.m., when she lost control of her Honda sedan and hit a car parked on the west side of the street. Woodall veered back into southbound traffic and hit the back end of a Ford Escape driven by Allan Braga, 58, of Sonora.

Braga stopped his car, but Woodall drove past and crossed into northbound Washington Street where she sideswiped a second parked car on the east side of the street north of Bradford Avenue.

Woodall continued a short distance going south in the northbound lane, and hit a third parked car on the east side of Washington Street at Bradford Avenue. Inside was Andrew David Burns, 39, of Modesto, Tonegato said. The impact pushed Burns' car into another car parked behind him which was unoccupied.

Burns was not injured.

Both Braga and his wife, Jane, a passenger, were treated and released from Sonora Regional Medical Center, both having complained of neck pain.

This morning, Jane Braga said Woodall hit their car like "a ton of bricks. She must have hit the accelerator rather than the brake."

Tonegato said people on the street heard the roar of Woodall's engine, which might mean she was accelerating before and during the multi-car accident.

Washington Street between Jackson and Bradford Avenue was filled with fire, ambulance, police cars and tow trucks for about 40 minutes, and traffic was backed up for about an hour in both directions.


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