Monday, January 30, 2023

Ukiah Mother Hit by Vehicle Outside County Fair Remains in Critical Conditions

The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Officers investigating the scene last night [Photograph by DJ Ken Steely]

On August 7, 2022 at approximately 11:19 PM, UPD Officers and Ukiah Valley Fire units were dispatched to the area of N. State Street and Garrett Drive for a traffic collision involving a silver sedan and two pedestrians. Upon arrival, officers observed an adult female pedestrian lying on the ground along the west side of North State Street. She was unresponsive and received medical attention from EMS and Fire personnel who were on scene. The adult female sustained major injuries and was transported to Adventist Health Ukiah Valley (AHUV). The second pedestrian was an infant child who was in a stroller at the time of the collision. The infant was also transported to AHUV and was later released from the hospital after it was determined the infant did not sustain any injuries.

The driver of the sedan, identified as German Dominguez-Galindo, approached officers on scene and advised he was the driver of the vehicle. Dominguez-Galindo displayed objective signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication and was determined to have been operating the motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. He was placed under arrest for the aforementioned violation and was later transported to the MCSO Jail. Dominguez-Galindo’s vehicle was located parked in a nearby parking lot with moderate damage to the front of the vehicle and was impounded as evidence by UPD.  

North State Street was closed from Magnolia Street through Garrett Drive for approximately three hours while the scene of the collision was processed. The adult female was ultimately transported to an out-of-county hospital and is still in critical condition.

At this time, the investigation shows the sedan was traveling southbound and collided with the female and infant who were crossing the roadway from the east sidewalk towards the west sidewalk of North State Street near the entrance of the Redwood Empire Fair. It is believed the female and infant victim were not inside a crosswalk at the time of the collision. The investigation into this collision is on-going and the Ukiah Police Department would like to urge anyone who witnessed the collision to contact UPD Detectives to provide additional information.  

The Ukiah Police Department would like to thank the California Highway Patrol, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, State Parole, and the Mendocino County Probation Department for their assistance with this incident. UPD also wants to remind the Ukiah community to exercise safe and defensive driving techniques and to follow the speed limits.

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  1. The first step is taking responsibility, which he is. I’m sure he is relieved the baby is unharmed and hoping for mom’s full recovery. It must be terrifying to hit a person with a vehicle, drinking or not. None of us are as good as our best a t or as bad as our worst act.

  2. Crossing a busy street without using a crosswalk is jaywalking . Jaywalking while pushing a stroller with and infant in it is child endangerment. DUI is insane and a crime. So here the innocent infant survived, the Mom is in critical condition and the driver is in jail. Two bad choices and the outcomes.

    • I’m pretty sure CA law says pedestrians have the right of way, soooo I’m pretty sure dude in the car is in the wrong. Crosswalks don’t mean much, just suggested safe places. People watch out for the other guy and never underestimate someone else’s common sense.

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