tulare county – An Exeter woman was arrested for DUI Sunday night after colliding with a family of four from Arizona. The accident happened at 9:34 p.m. on April 1 on Highway 137 west of Road 152 south of Farmersville. According to the California Highway Patrol, 27-year-old Nicole Jimenez of Exeter was driving a 2007 Acura westbound on the highway when, due to her level of intoxication, allowed the car to drift into oncoming traffic.
A 2002 Kia traveling eastbound on Highway 137 was unable to stop or avoid the collision and crashed head-on into the Acura. The impact caused the Kia to veer onto the south shoulder and overturn onto the passenger side. When a fire started under the hood, a handful of Good Samaritans came to the rescue. Other drivers pulled over, got out of their cars and rolled the Kia back onto its tires and extinguished the flames all prior to emergency personnel arriving.
The Acura ended up on the south shoulder of the road facing a southwesterly direction. Both drivers were pinned into their vehicles and had to be extricated by firefighters who arrived on scene. Jimenez sustained major injuries and was taken by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia. She was also arrested on charges of driving under the influence and causing injury to all four passengers of the other vehicles.
The driver of the Kia – 25-year-old Celeste Yarbery of Fort Smith, Ariz. – and her husband, 24-year-old Aaron Yarbery, both suffered major injuries. Celeste was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno and Aaron went to Kaweah Delta. Their two daughters were also injured in the crash and transported to Valley Children’s Hospital. An infant suffered major injuries while a 3 year old had minor injuries.