Mother arrested for DUI after head-on

Accident on Road 426 sends one adult and three children to hospital

Brian WilkinsonSeptember 6, 2012 

A head-on collision on Crane Valley Road (426) near Elliott Drive Aug. 31 sent one adult and three children to the hospital.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a 2006 Dodge Caravan driven by Tawney Jeffries, 44, of Oakhurst, was westbound on Road 426 at about 7:30 p.m. when Jeffries, allegedly impaired by alcohol, lost control of the mini-van.

The vehicle went off the north edge of the road and collided with two trees before proceeding back onto Road 426 and into the eastbound lane, directly in the path of a vehicle driven by Sharon Tannehill, 61, of North Fork.

Both vehicles came to rest on the roadway in front of China Creek Bed & Breakfast.

Tannehill was driving 2000 Subaru Legacy and the head-on collision caused minor to serious injuries to five occupants of the two vehicles.

Jeffries had her one-year-old daughter with her at the time of the accident. Jeffries and her daughter were transported by Sierra Ambulance to Children's Hospital of Central California. Jeffries had a laceration to her left leg and the baby escaped with minor abrasions to her neck from the straps of her baby seat.

Jeffries was not admitted to the hospital. After being medically cleared, she was placed under arrest for alleged felony DUI while causing injuries to others and child endangerment. She was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections.

After being cleared by doctors, Madera County Child Protective Services took custody of the one-year-old child.

Tannehill, wife of long time Mountain Area plumber Ed Tannehill, was heading home from Mariposa with her two grandchildren, Erandale Vincent. 8, and Malcolm Vincent, 12, who were going to spend the holiday weekend with their grandparents. Erandale and Vincent are the children of Nirvana and Ryan Vincent of Mariposa.

All five of the injured were wearing safety restraints.

Tannehill and her two grandsons were transported by ambulance and her granddaughter was transported by helicopter to Fresno's Community Regional Medical Center. Erandale underwent surgery for a lacerated appendix and other internal injuries. She was listed in good condition Tuesday and was expected to be released from the hospital by the end of the week.

Malcolm suffered a fractured bone under his right knee cap, broken fingers and a sprained ankle.

Tannehill suffered contusions to her neck and chest from her seatbelt and was released early Saturday morning and is recuperating at home.

The roadway was closed for almost two hours with traffic being detoured through the Broadview Terrace subdivision.

Following the accident, Ed Tannehill said everyone survived the accident because of God's hand.

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