Thomas Browning Injured, Zoe Kirkpatrick Arrested in DUI Crash on Highway 46 [Shandon, CA]

Thomas Browning Injured, Zoe Kirkpatrick Arrested in DUI Crash on Highway 46 [Shandon, CA]

Thomas Browning Injured, Zoe Kirkpatrick Arrested in DUI Crash on Highway 46 [Shandon, CA]

Thomas Browning Airlifted, Zoe Kirkpatrick Arrested after Shandon DUI Crash on Highway 46

SHANDON, CA (December 27, 2019) — 68-year-old Thomas Browning of Oakdale suffered major injuries in a DUI crash on Highway 46 Sunday morning.
The California Highway Patrol said the incident occurred at around 6 a.m. west of the Shandon Rest Area.
29-year-old Zoe Kirkpatrick of Echo Park was driving a Honda westbound on the highway. Then she stopped her vehicle partially on the shoulder of the road and partially in the slow lane with the headlights off.
Browning was driving a semi-truck and trailer hauling 30,000 pounds of produce. When he noticed Kirkpatrick’s stopped vehicle, he swerved to avoid crashing into it. However, he was unsuccessful.
The right front of the truck hit the left side of the Honda. Soon after, the semi and trailer overturned and rested on their sides. They ended up blocking the westbound lanes.
Emergency crews airlifted Browning to the hospital with major injuries. On the other hand, Kirkpatrick suffered minor injuries. A dog inside Kirkpatrick’s vehicle did not have any injuries. Animal control took it following the crash.
Meantime, the authorities booked Kirkpatrick into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of DUI. Her bail was set at $100,000. But as of Monday morning, she was no longer in custody based on jail logs.
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