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CHP: Woman arrested on felony DUI allegation after Upvalley crash injures two

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A Texas woman faces a felony allegation of drunken driving following a two-vehicle crash Saturday evening in Napa County injured two people in the other vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Katherine Cahill, a 30-year-old Austin resident, was detained after the wreck at the Silverado Trail-Deer Park Road intersection north of St. Helena, CHP said in a news release. She was booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of causing injury by driving under the influence.

Cahill was driving a 2020 Jeep Cherokee east on Deer Park Road at 5:15 p.m. as a 30-year-old Atwater man was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe north on Silverado, the highway patrol reported. The Jeep went through a stop sign on Deer Park and struck the side of the Tahoe, according to the agency.

Two passengers in the Chevrolet were injured in the collision and were taken by American Medical Response ambulance to Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center, CHP said. The driver of the Tahoe was not injured.

A prosecutor says that a commercial truck driver charged in the 2019 deaths of seven members of a Marine motorcycle club told police he caused the crash and wasn't looking, while his lawyer said it was the fault of the lead biker, who looked over his shoulder at his fellow riders moments beforehand. The prosecutor said Tuesday that 26-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy had taken heroin, fentanyl and cocaine on June 21, 2019, before the head-on crash along U.S. Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire. Zhukovskyy's lawyer said the lead biker was drunk and came into contact with Zhukovskyy's truck first. Jurors visited the crash scene Monday and traced Zhukovskyy's route from an auto dealership in Gorham along U.S. Route 2 to the crash site in Randolph, about 10 miles away. Opening statements began Tuesday at state superior court in Lancaster. The motorcyclists who died June 21, 2019, were from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and ranged in age from 42 to 62. They were part of a larger group that had just left a motel along the highway and were headed to an American Legion Post in Gorham to set up for an annual meeting. They were traveling east when they collided with the westbound truck, which was towing an empty flatbed trailer. Killed were Edward and Jo-Ann Corr, a couple from Lakeville, Massachusetts; Michael Ferazzi, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; Albert Mazza, of Lee, New Hampshire; Desma Oakes, of Concord, New Hampshire; Aaron Perry, of Farmington, New Hampshire; and Daniel Pereira, of Riverside, Rhode Island. In addition to the deaths, several bikers were injured. Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide, manslaughter, driving under the influence and reckless conduct. He has been in jail since the crash.

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