Victim in head-on collision on Highway 119 arrested on marijuana trafficking charges. Other driver faces felony drunk driving charge


Both drivers ended up getting arrested after a suspected drunk driver crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by a Santa Maria woman that the California Highway Patrol says was traveling with a “large amount” of marijuana and hashish.

The drugs were discovered in the woman’s GMC Yukon after she was hospitalized for injuries suffered when a pickup driven by a Taft man struck her on Highway 119 west of Highway 43 Saturday night.

Culema Albritton, 46, was taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment following the 8:25 p.m. crash.

When officers inventoried the belongings in her car after the crash, he found what CHP officer Maria Pagano described as “a large amount of marijuana.
When Albritton was released from the hospital, Pagano said, she was arrested and charged with possession of hashish, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana.

In the meantime, officers arrested 23-year-old Jorge Corona of Taft at the scene and charged him with felony drunk driving.

Corona was driving eastbound on Highway 119 when his GMC Sonoma pickup went into the eastbound lane’s and collided with Albritton’s SUV.

Corona was not injured, but Albritton suffered minor to moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to KMC.