A single-vehicle crash Monday outside Calistoga injured all four occupants of a car that was driven by a Calistoga man suspected to be driving while under the influence of alcohol.
Victor Hernandez, 26, of Calistoga was driving his 2014 Honda Accord northbound on Calistoga Road and had just passed another motorist, crossing over the double-yellow lines in a narrow, twisting section of the roadway, the California Highway Patrol said.
At two-tenths of a mile south of St. Helena Road the Honda drifted off the road and crashed head-on into a tree at about 10:30 p.m., said CHP Officer Jonathon Sloat.
Hernandez had to be pried free from the driver’s seat and his left foot was essentially amputated at the ankle, police said.
Two of his passengers were also from Calistoga.
The right rear passenger, Jesus Alvarado, 27 of Calistoga, sustained major internal injuries and had to be sedated at the scene. Both Alvarado and Hernandez were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital,the CHP said.
The right front and left rear passengers, Jasmin Vasquez, 23, of Calistoga, and Caroline Meyers, 23, of Colusa, sustained minor scrapes and bruises, but were not hospitalized.
Felony DUI charges will be sought by the CHP through the District Attorney’s office, police said.
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