Atascadero woman hit by alleged drunken driver on Hwy. 101

jhickey@thetribunenews.comJuly 16, 2013 

A San Miguel man is in jail and an Atascadero woman in serious condition at a Fresno hospital after an alleged drunken hit-and-run crash Saturday night on northbound Highway 101 in Templeton.

Around 10:20 p.m. Beverly R. Wright, 50, of Atascadero and her son-in-law, Thomas Manley, pulled their vehicle onto the shoulder of Highway 101 just north of Main Street to check on Wright’s 7-month-old granddaughter, who had been choking in the back seat. While father and daughter stood off the shoulder of the highway, Wright approached the driver’s side to pull the car farther off the road when she “was struck by an errant driver,” according to a news release by the CHP.

“It pretty much side-swept the whole car and pinned her to it,” said Christina Wright, the victim’s daughter and Manley’s wife, who was not at the scene but was told about it by Manley.

The driver, 48-year-old Juan Martin Reynoso of San Miguel, fled the scene and was apprehended by the Paso Robles Police Department a short time later, according to the news release. A driver who followed Reynoso from the scene assisted in the effort, Christina Wright said.

After exhibiting signs of intoxication, Reynoso was investigated and arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, felony hit-and-run and driving without a license.

Beverly Wright is a self-employed landscaper from Atascadero with no health insurance, according to her sister, Tina Marie Humphrey.

Wright is being treated at Community Regional Medical Hospital in Fresno for injuries including a shattered thigh, shin and ankle on her right side, a shattered shin on her left side, and a broken pelvis, Wright’s daughter told The Tribune. She is in serious condition.

Beverly Wright will be in Fresno for at least a week, and then transferred back to the Central Coast for recovery, Humphrey said.

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