A San Leandro man was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence on Saturday after he crossed over the double yellow lines on Highway 108 behind the Crossroads Shopping Center in Sonora and crashed head-on with a truck.
California Highway Patrol - Sonora area Officer Faustino Pulido said the location was near a fatal accident that occured on Highway 108 on April 27.
In both cases, he said, the drivers were driving under the influence.
At about 8:10 p.m. Saturday, Christian Uriel Vargas-Zermeno, 31, of San Leandro, was driving westbound on Highway 108 in a 2003 Ford Focus, heading downhill away from the Mono Way intersection. At the same time, Andrew Wilson, 32, of Soulsbyville, was driving a 2015 Toyota Tundra eastbound on Highway 108 and east of the Old Wards Ferry Road overcrossing behind the Crossroads Shopping Center.
The Focus ran head on into the Tundra, Pulido said.
A 2007 GMC Sierra behind Vargas-Zermeno driven by Ryan Littleton, 17, of Sonora, crashed into the Toyota Tundra in the westbound lane.
Wilson sustained minor injuries but declined aid.
Littleton and his passengers, Dakota Murphy, 18, and Cole Rodriguez, 17, were wearing seatbelts, a CHP press release said. Littleton and Murphy sustained minor injuries and Rodriguez was not injured.
Vargas-Zermeno sustained minor injuries and was treated at Adventist Health - Sonora.
Pulido said Vargas-Zermeno requested a blood test for DUI. His blood alcohol level was not available because it would be sent to the Department of Justice for testing.
About an hour after the accident, Vargas-Zermeno was booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence causing bodily injury.
His bail was set at $25,000 and on Monday he was not in custody.
Highway 108 was closed for approximately two hours, the press release said.
Fatality in Wallace
A Lodi man died on Friday after being ejected from his big rig truck, which overturned onto its passenger side and slid down a dirt embankment on Highway 12 in Wallace.
Reginald L. Love, 48, of Lodi, was driving a 2010 Freightliner westbound at about 8:52 p.m., California Highway Patrol - San Andreas area Tobias Butzler said.
Love was about a quarter mile east of Wards Avenue, a main thoroughfare for the downtown Wallace area, when the big rig went onto the right hand shoulder of Highway 12, a CHP press release said.
Love turned the vehicle to the left but lost control. The truck slid straight for several hundred feet before overturning.
The vehicle continued to move westbound and crashed through a 6 inch asphalt curb and down an embankment, where it came to rest.
Love was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The press release said that on-scene investigators believed he would would have had minor or possibly no injuries if he had been wearing a seatbelt.
Alcohol or drug use is not suspected at this time but the collision remains under investigation, Butzler said.
Butzler said this was the eleventh fatal collision with 13 total deaths in the CHP - San Andreas area this year.
Five children involved in crash
A Rancho Cordova man who made an abrupt change of direction in his car on Burson Road crashed into a Burson resident.
California Highway Patrol - San Andreas Area Officer Tobias Butzler said Chueyee Yang, 32, of Rancho Cordova, sustained major injuries and was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, and four of the five children in the van sustained minor injuries.
At about 6:50 p.m., Yang was driving southbound on Burson Road, south of Camanche Parkway South, in a 1999 Toyota Sienna with his children, 12-, 8- and 6-year-old girls and 10-year-old and 11-month old boys.
Ronald Caywood, 26, of Burson, was driving southbound on Burson Road, south of Camanche Parkway South, in a 1997 Ford F250 behind the Ford Sienna.
Yang attempted to turn around in the roadway to change direction and travel northbound on Burson Road. Caywood attempted to avoid the collision, but crashed into the driver’s side of the Toyota Sienna.
The 6 year old was not injured, Butzler said.
Alcohol or drugs were not considered to be a factor in the collision, but an investigation was underway to determine if anyone would be held culpable in the crash, Butzler said.