Four Injured, One Arrested in Saturday's Head-On Suspected DUI Crash on Hwy 12

The arrested motorist is a 20-year-old Santa Rosa woman with blood alcohol of .20, police said. An elderly woman in another vehicle needed to be extricated and suffered a broken neck.

Four people were injured, one seriously, this morning in a head-on collision on state Highway 12 caused by an allegedly drunk driver, Santa Rosa police said today.

The collision occurred just after 10:30 a.m. on Highway 12 at Melita Road, when an eastbound Ford Mustang crossed the center divider and struck a westbound Nissan Sentra head-on, according to police.

The Sentra overturned and landed in the westbound lane with people trapped inside.

The Sentra's driver, a 77-year-old woman, was extricated from the vehicle and taken to a hospital with a neck fracture.

The front passenger, an adult woman, was treated for cuts and scrapes, and a 4-year-old boy in the back seat suffered a broken arm, police said.

 The driver of the Mustang, 20-year-old Shannon Hullinger of Santa Rosa, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

While she was there, police determined she had a blood alcohol level of .20, more than twice the legal limit for driving. Hullinger was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and booked into Sonoma County Jail.

Witnesses and other with information on this incident are asked to call police at (707) 543-3600.

--Bay City News
Sandi Melia April 27, 2014 at 03:53 PM
Ok then, 10:30 A.M. 20 yrs old, twice the legal limit... What's wrong with this picture? The use of alleged is ridiculous! DUI's put me over the anger edge! Just had to say it again!
John Richards April 28, 2014 at 08:39 PM
The legal limit is for adults 21 and over. This driver was under 21 so any alcohol level above .00 in her system is a felony.
Paul Woodward, MD May 21, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Apparently a Ford Mustang is superior in a crash to a Nissan Sentra. Buy American.


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