Greenfield police and fire departments, along with American Medical Response, respond to the traffic collision on July 29. (Greenfield Police Department)

GREENFIELD — Local emergency personnel responded to a vehicle-versus-pedestrian traffic collision on Saturday night in the 500 block of Elm Avenue in Greenfield.

The driver — 41-year-old Araceli Espinoza of Greenfield — was operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs when she struck the pedestrian, according to the Greenfield Police Department.

Espinoza was also driving with a suspended license, was in possession of a controlled substance, was on probation for DUI and even had an active warrant for her arrest, police said. She was arrested and taken to the Monterey County Jail. 

The pedestrian victim suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

“This incident serves as a warning of the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” police said. “It’s not just about the legal consequences, which in themselves are severe. It’s about the irreversible harm it causes, or even death, to innocent people in our community.”

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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