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Police: DUI suspected in crash on Highway 12

Modesto man charged with felony in aftermath of fatal January crash

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Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:00 am

A Modesto man involved in a crash that killed a woman along Highway 12 last month was arrested after the collision on suspicion of driving under the influence and could face additional charges, according to the California Highway Patrol.

At around 11:40 p.m. on Jan. 31, 23-year-old Destiny Schoonover of Sacramento, who was driving a Scion west along Highway 12 near Peatland Road, collided head on with a Chrysler heading east that had drifted into the westbound lane, according to the CHP.

Schoonover was pronounced dead at the scene. CHP officers arrested 69-year-old Jan Pinckney of Modesto, who was driving the Chrysler, in order to take a chemical sample, said Officer James Smith, spokesman for the CHP.

Tests revealed that drugs were suspected to be a factor in the collision, Smith said.

Officers released Pinckney to San Joaquin County General Hospital, where he was treated for injuries and later discharged.

Pinckney, who is not presently in custody, was charged with one count of felony DUI, Smith said. Investigators are currently reviewing the case in order to determine if additional charges such as vehicular manslaughter will also be filed against Pinckney, Smith said.

Smith added that it could take weeks before additional charges, if any, are filed.

“It’s a very extensive review process whenever someone loses their life,” Smith said.

Schoonover became the fourth person to die since Jan. 2013, and the first since Oct. 2013, along a portion of Highway 12 spanning from east of the Lodi city limits to the Sacramento County line, a notoriously dangerous stretch of roadway.

Safety improvements are scheduled to begin this year.

In May, the California Department of Transportation will begin installing a 4-mile concrete barrier separating the two lanes of Highway 12 spanning from Potato Slough to the Mokelumne River Bridge, according to Caltrans spokeswoman Angela DaPrato.

A 5-foot shoulder will also be installed along the center divide.

The roadwork is part of the $47 million Boldin Island Rehabilitation Project. Funded by the state and expected to last until 2017, the project is designed to improve safety along Highway 12, DaPrato said.

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • John Anderson posted at 1:19 pm on Thu, Feb 13, 2014.

    Delta King Posts: 4

    Yet another head-on fatality on SR 12 between Lodi and Rio Vista. Did you know that there have been NO head-on collisions on SR12 between Rio Vista to Suisun City since the channelizer strips were installed a few years ago? Before they were installed, it was a regular "Blood Alley". In the Fall of 2013, I wrote letters to Caltrans officials asking that these inexpensive, proven life-savers be installed on SR12 between Rio Vista and Lodi. I've received 2 written responses from CalTrans directors (all copied to various top brass including Governor Brown) stating that Caltrans will "investigate" the situation....period. Note that the
    long-awaited redo of SR12 on Bouldin Island has not started yet and will not be completed for years. Even after that project is completed, long stretches of SR12 east of Rio Vista to Lodi will have no barrier or even channelizers. If they have proven so effective in the Rio Vista to Suisun leg of SR12.....why can't they be installed on the Rio Vista-Lodi leg? It just defies logic and these deaths go on and on....and on.



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