Mariposa County, California – November 2, 2011

A head-on collision caused by a DUI driver on California Route 140 killed a man from Midpines Tuesday.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 40-year-old Mariposa resident Tammy Lawhon drove a 2008 Hyundai SUV west on California Route 140. East of Cobey Lane Ms. Lawhon crossed the center line. She crashed into 64-year-old Tommy Kinard of Midpines on a 2000 Kawasaki motorcycle.

Mr. Kinard was declared dead at the scene.

A 9-year-old girl was in the vehicle with Ms. Lawhon. The girl was injured.

Ms. Lawhon was arrested after the crash. She was booked into Madera County Jail on charges of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, alcohol was a factor in 1,489 traffic fatalities in 2007.

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