Woman injured in DUI crash

February 2, 2009 1:18:10 PM PST
A Santa Rosa woman suffered major injuries Sunday night when her car struck a guardrail and overturned on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in Windsor, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Jeannine Marie Hothan, 30, was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the 7:45 p.m. crash, CHP Officer Jonathan Sloat said.

She suffered two broken arms, a broken wrist and multiple facial lacerations and contusions, and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Sloat said. She will be charged later with DUI, Sloat said this morning.

Hothan was speeding south on Highway 101 in a green 1997 Toyota Tercel when she drifted to the left as she approached the Windsor onramp, Sloat said.

The car struck a newly erected guardrail and overturned, then slid across the No. 2 lane and down an embankment near the onramp. The accident closed the onramp for 45 minutes while Hothan was extricated from the vehicle, Sloat said.

An additional carpool lane is being added to the north and south portions of the highway in that area, and signs will be posted today advising motorists that the speed limit in the construction zone is 55 mph, Sloat said.