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Driver causes collision injuring four

The collision injured four.

Driver causes collision injuring four

CREATED Jan 15, 2013

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

FLORENCE, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The Pinal County Sheriff's Office responded to a two vehicle head-on-collision on Combs Road just west of Kenworthy in San Tan Valley around 6:50 p.m., Jan. 11. 

 A minivan had been traveling eastbound properly within its lane.  The SUV was traveling westbound but crossed over the raised median, over several cacti and crashed head-on into the minivan.

The driver of the gray minivan (female, age 51), the front seat passenger (male, age 20) and two children -- both females, ages 7 and 10 -- were all injured in the crash and taken to local hospitals. 

None of the injuries were life threatening.

In a news release, PCSO spokesperson Tim Gaffney said that the driver of the black SUV was later identified as 50-year-old Susan Jimenez from Mesa. She was also taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Before deputies arrived at the scene, an off-duty nurse was present and assisted Susan. Inside of the vehicle, the nurse saw a bottle of vodka, which she later pointed out to deputies.   

The bottle was more than three-quarters of the way empty. Susan exhibited several signs of obvious alcohol impairment.  

Susan did not have a valid Arizona Driver License. Her privilege was revoked from an Aggravated DUI conviction in Maricopa County Superior Court on April 20, 1999.

Susan was kept at the hospital following the collision. A blood sample was obtained and when the results return, she will face charges of Aggravated Assault, Endangerment and DUI.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated in the news release: "Cases like these are tragic reminders of what can happen when somebody gets behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol.  Ms. Jimenez didn't get the message the last time she was convicted of Aggravated DUI. Hopefully she will understand this time how her actions almost cost four innocent people their lives."