At least 3 Injured in Suspected DUI Crash on Highway 33

GUSTINE, CA (December 15, 2021) – Emerita Cahoy, 44, and Eduardo Cinco, 66, both injured after DUI driver caused a crash on Highway 33.

The crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. December 2 at the intersection of Bambauer Road and Highway 33.

CHP said Salvador Garcia, 29, of Gustine, driving a 2019 Chevy Equinox eastbound on Bambouer allegedly ran a red light at the intersection and struck Cahoy in his 2015 Lexus northbound on Highway 33.

The impact sent the Chevy off the road and came to rest on the dirt shoulder with side damage and caused front-damage to the Lexus.

Responding medics treated Cahoy at the scene who complained of pain and small lacerations.

Meanwhile, other medics took her passenger, Cinco, to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. A 3-year-old girl in the Lexus escaped the crash unharmed.

On the other hand, officials said Garcia suffered laceration to the forehead and was treated at Los Banos Memorial hospital.

Eventually police arrested and booked him into Merced County Jail on suspicion of DUI.

At this time, authorities are conducting active investigation of the crash. Once available, more information will be released.


Driving under the influence is one of the most dangerous things you can do as a driver. If you find yourself unable to safely drive, you can always contact a Lyft or Uber instead.


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