Visalia Elderly Maltreatment Attorney John Rozier has the following report; On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, a head-on collision ended in a fatality, in Madera County. The car accident took place on Highway 41, in Coarsegold, at about 7:56 PM.
Billy Thornton, was driving a 2004 Mercury sedan, southbound on Highway 41, south of Serpa Canyon. The Mercury drifted over the double yellow line of the freeway and collided head-on with a 1997 Chevy pickup truck that was northbound. The Chevrolet was driven by Bethel Doran, 74 years old, of Bass Lake.
Doran’s passenger, 72 year old Bertha Doran, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Thornton, and Bethel Doran both sustained minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center, in Fresno.
Thornton was placed under arrest for driving while under the influence, and was booked into Madera County Jail.