Two vehicle accidents within an hour of each other Saturday afternoon near Bass Lake caused major injuries to two local women.
The first accident occurred at 2:40 p.m. June 1 on Highway 41 near Bass Lake Road (222). Forrest Reyes, 27, a 2004 Yosemite High School graduate and resident of Santa Cruz, was driving southbound on Highway 41 in his 2004 Honda Civic when he turned left, heading into the old Mountain House Restaurant parking lot, and collided with a 1998 Jeep Cherokee headed northbound, driven by 55-year-old Cheryl Liston of Ahwahnee. Reyes said he didn't see the Jeep when he failed to yield the right of way to Liston.
The force of the collision caused Liston's jeep to flip, and she was pinned in the vehicle for approximately half an hour.
California Highway Patrol said Liston suffered major injuries from the crash. She was transported by Sierra Ambulance to a landing zone behind Vons in Oakhurst, where she was flown via SkyLife Air Ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Reyes suffered minor injuries. CHP said alcohol/drugs were not a factor in the collision.
The second vehicle accident occurred at 3:25 p.m. on Beasore Road, north of Road 274 in Bass Lake. Oakhurst resident Jill Pereira, 48, was driving a 2005 HD motorcycle southbound at an unknown speed on Beasore Road when she crashed, resulting in major injuries, reported CHP.
While approaching a left turn in the road, Pereira ran over a rock in the middle of the roadway which immediately punctured her oil pan, causing a large amount of oil to spill on the roadway and onto her rear tire. Going into the turn, CHP said she was unable to maintain control of the motorcycle and it overturned onto its right side, ejecting Pereira. She came to rest in the approximate middle of the southbound lane, and the motorcycle came to rest along the right shoulder of southbound Beasore Road, CHP said.
Pereira was transported by Sierra Ambulance to a landing zone at about 4:40 p.m., located at Cowboy Trail Road and Orchard Lane in Bass Lake, where she was flown to Community Regional Medical Center via SkyLife Air Ambulance.