The driver and a 5-year-old child were ejected from a minivan during a rollover crash west of Coulterville that the CHP suspects is a DUI case.
The driver, 28-year-old Sarah Nicole Cahoon of Coulterville, was killed in the crash. Passenger Michael Boesen was thrown about 50 feet from the 2002 Mazda MVP and was flown to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento with major injuries.
Another child in the car, 9-year-old Jasmin Povio, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. Cahoon was mother to both children, said Officer Faustino Pulido, spokesman for the Sonora CHP.
Cahoon was driving east at an undetermined speed on State Route 132 west of Piney Creek Road at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to a report from the Sonora area office of the California Highway Patrol. She drifted onto the right shoulder and up an embankment on the south side of the highway.
The minivan overturned multiple times back onto the road, the CHP said. Cahoon was ejected, and the van rolled over her before coming to rest. She was not wearing a seat belt, and neither was 5-year-old Michael, who was thrown clear of the wreckage.
“Michael had a booster seat in the car but was not wearing a seat belt,” Pulido said.
Jasmin was wearing a seat belt.
“Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat,” according to the CHP website. “Children who are 8 years of age or have reached 4’9” in height may be secured by a booster seat, but at a minimum must be secured by a safety belt. (California Vehicle Code Section 27363.)”
The crash remains under investigation, the CHP report says, and “alcohol is suspected to be a factor, autopsy pending.”