Calaveras Enterprise

Head-on Highway 12 collision result of DUI

Two Calaveras County residents were arrested for driving under the influence in two separate incidents on Sunday, Nov. 26, according to the California Highway Patrol.

At approximately 6:35 p.m., Diana Romero, 31, of Valley Springs was driving eastbound in heavy rain on Highway 12 west of Lime Creek Road at an unknown speed. While in the process of passing another vehicle, she collided head-on with 40-year-old Columbia resident Amy Black’s Jeep.

Romero and her passengers, 26-year-old Zofia Ajemian of Grand Forks, N.D and 19-year-old Vida Crofutt  of Valley Springs, sustained moderate injuries. All three of the passengers were transported the Mark Twain Medical Center for treatment.

Romero was subsequently arrested for felony driving under the influence. After being medically cleared at the hospital, she was transported and booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

Black received major injuries in the collision and was taken to Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael for treatment.

Three hours earlier, RJ Vanderwoude, 39, of San Andreas was arrested for driving under the influence after losing control of his 1984 Honda Motorcycle.

Vanderwoude was travelling westbound on Sunset Street approaching Russells Road at an undetermined speed when, due to his alleged level of intoxication and the wet roadway condition, lost control of his vehicle and was ejected off of the motorcycle.

Vanderwoude sustained major injuries and was ultimately transferred to Modesto Memorial Medical Center for treatment. He was not immediately booked into the Calaveras County Jail. 

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