A 17-year-old Madera boy was struck by a suspected drunken driver Monday morning while waiting for the school bus in rural Madera County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A van possibly traveling at high speeds south on Road 25, north of Avenue 9 1/2 southwest of Madera, at about 6:30 a.m. Monday morning reportedly hit a puddle and hydroplaned, Madera CHP Officer Gregorio Rodriguez said.
The vehicle left the roadway, crossed both lanes and struck the teenager, who was thrown about 100 feet, Rodriguez said. The vehicle continued off the road striking several trees.
The boy suffered major lower body injuries, including broken bones and internal injuries. He was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno with the critical but not life-threatening injuries, Rodriguez said.
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The driver, identified Monday afternoon as 23-year-old Madera resident Manuel Rosales, was transported by ambulance to a Madera County hospital for minor injuries, Rodriguez said.
Officers suspected Rosales had been drinking prior to the collision, Rodriguez said, adding Rosales was booked into Madera County jail Monday on suspicion of DUI after he was treated for the injuries. Rosales’ blood alcohol content level at the time of the collision wasn’t immediately available.