Last week, the Madera Superior Court handed down a lengthy prison sentence to Cathy Robertson, who was convicted in July of felony driving under the influence causing great bodily injury, and felony hit and run, said Madera County District Attorney Michael R. Keitz.
On Jan. 20 of this year, Robertson, 52, of Los Banos, drove away from the Chukchansi Casino in her vehicle around 8 p.m. and traveled southbound on Highway 41. She drifted across the centerline into the northbound traffic, striking the vehicle of Oakhurst physician, John McBride, causing him major injuries. Robertson got out of her vehicle and fled the collision. However, witnesses at the scene followed her and kept her in view until the Highway Patrol arrived to take her into custody.
On Thursday, Sept. 19, the court sentenced Robertson to five years in state prison and remanded her into custody to begin serving her sentence immediately.
Dr. McBride will suffer for years from the physical injuries he received from Robertson. Drinking and driving are a bad combination that often end in tragic consequences as it did here. The simple message is: if you drink or use drugs, dont drive, said District Attorney Michael Keitz.
This driving under the influence prosecution was made possible through funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.