Head-on collision results in major injuries

Jun 26, 2024 | Mountain Emergency Updates

An unidentified Lake Arrowhead woman suffered major injuries on June 18 when her Subaru SUV was hit by an allegedly intoxicated driver. (Contributed photos)

By DOUGLAS W. MOTLEY

Senior Writer

A head-on collision on Highway 330 at Live Oak Road around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 resulted in major injuries to two motorists, one of whom, according to authorities, is an unidentified male in his 20s, who was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and or drugs (DUI).

An unidentified male in his 20s was driving this pickup when he collided, head-on, into another vehicle.

An unidentified male in his 20s was driving this pickup when he collided, head-on, into another vehicle.

California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Jacob Griede told the Alpine Mountaineer that CHP investigators have determined that the arrested male, who was driving a pickup truck, had crossed into the opposing lanes at a high rate of speed before slamming into a Subaru SUV driven by a Lake Arrowhead woman in her 50s.

Noting that the female victim’s family does not want her name released at this time, Griede said she was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center with major injuries.

According to a family friend, the female victim, who was going in for her fourth surgery, broke multiple bones in her foot; doctors are trying to reconstruct the injured foot so that she will be able to walk. She also has a broken upper arm, a broken shoulder and a broken kneecap. Doctors had kept her sedated until Thursday, June 20 when they allowed her to wake up. “She smiled and said she’ll get better,” the friend said.

In addition to the broken bones, the woman’s seatbelt did a lot of damage to her internal organs, which has led to several surgeries.

At press time, no information was available as to the whereabouts or condition of the arrested suspect. Officer Griede said the incident is currently under investigation. 

   

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