Area doctor critical after hit by drunk driver

-- Staff reportJanuary 23, 2013 

Following a head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver at about 8:20 p.m. Sunday on Highway 41, about a mile north of Yosemite Springs Parkway, Dr. John R. McBride Jr. of Oakhurst Medical Group was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, where he remained listed in critical condition as of press time Tuesday evening.

McBride, 65, received head and other internal injuries, including a broken pelvis and ribs, as a result of the crash.

McBride was traveling north on Highway 41 south of Mecca Lane at an undetermined speed when his 1997 Porsche 911 Carrera was hit head-on by by a 2009 Toyota Camry sedan traveling south, driven by 52-year-old Cathy A. Robertson of Los Banos, according to California Highway Patrol.

Robertson's vehicle drifted across the center line at an undetermined speed, traveling into the northbound lane due to her high level of intoxication, reported CHP.

The woman received minor injuries and was transported to Community Regional Medical Center.

Robertson has been charged with driving under the influence and causing injury to another, driving under the influence while a blood alcohol county above .08%, and hit and run causing injury and leaving the scene, said CHP Sgt. Edward Greene. A charge of resisting arrest was dropped, he said.

The Los Banos woman fled the scene on foot and attempted to hide off the roadway when she was apprehended by a CHP officer.

"She was hiding in the bushes," said Greene of Robertson when she was found. "She told the officer that found her that she was on the side of the road sleeping -- 'I'm just over here sleeping.' Who sleeps on the side of the road? Especially when that car involved in the crash was registered to her."

Greene said a bystander had seen her running from her car after the crash, crossing the roadway and going down into a ravine -- where she was found.

"The investigating officer watched a video tape of her walking to her car at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino and then driving away," Greene said.

Minutes later, she crashed into Dr. McBride on Highway 41, Greene said.

She was booked into Madera County jail with a bail set at $10,000, Greene said. Robertson bonded out of jail sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning, he said.

McBride was pinned in his Porsche and firefighters from Madera County Station 8 in Indian Lakes Park performed the extrication to remove him from his vehicle. Madera County Station 10 in Yosemite Lakes Park was also on scene, along with California Highway Patrol.

Highway 41 was closed for more than an hour due to the accident. The accident remains under investigation by California Highway Patrol.

Dr. McBride has been practicing medicine for 30 years -- the last 15 years at Oakhurst Medical Group. Get well cards for McBride can be dropped off in the lobby of Oakhurst Medical Group.

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