A high-speed collision, alleged to be the result of driving under the influence, ejected and critically injured a Madera man on Avenue 12, just east of Road 24 1/2 the morning of April 11, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A prominent businessman and farmer, Tejpal Singh “Jay” Mahil, 41, was arrested after the collision, on felony charges of driving under the influence and causing bodily injury.
Mahil is the president of The Madera County Farm Bureau, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Madera Community Hospital and a member of The Fresno State University advisory board, among other community positions.
According to the Highway Patrol report, Mahil was westbound on Avenue 12 at 1:05 a.m. the morning of April 11 when he reportedly struck a westbound Jeep Wrangler from behind at a high rate of speed. Mahil was allegedly highly intoxicated at the time of the crash, according to reports released by the CHP.
The force of the impact fully ejected 21-year-old Omar Garcia Valencia from his Wrangler onto the pavement. Valencia was not wearing a seat belt at the time, according to reports. The driver-less Jeep continued to spin and ended up in a nearby irrigation canal. Valencia was taken to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries.
The 2016 Land Rover Sport driven by Mahil continued westbound and then overturned. Mahil sustained only minor injuries in the wreck, and was taken to Madera Community Hospital. He was booked into Madera County jail at 1 p.m. the next day and was released four hours later. No information on bond was available.