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Auburn woman still recovering from wreck following Alpha Psi Rodeo

Drunken wreck following a rodeo:


April 15, 2014
Drew Taylor
Opelika-Auburn News

An Auburn woman is still be treated for injuries suffered from a car wreck following the Alpha Psi Rodeo in Auburn, officials confirmed.

Jessica Santa-Cruz, 22, who is originally from Mobile, is at a Columbus, Ga. hospital for a car accident she was involved in Saturday on South College Street near I-85, according to Auburn Police Chief Paul Register. The APD had previously reported that Santa-Cruz was a student at Auburn University, but Register clarified that and said she was no longer a student, but was living in Auburn.

Register said that on Monday afternoon, he had spoken with Santa-Cruz’s family, who said that she was in stable condition.

“I know she had some head injuries, as I understand,” Register said.

Santa-Cruz was injured Saturday night when the 2005 Chevy Silverado she was riding in the back of struck a 2007 Ford F-350 from behind, according to the APD. Santa-Cruz was airlifted to Columbus Regional Medical for treatment. The wreck occurred after 11 p.m. Saturday as people were leaving the Alpha Psi Rodeo.

According to Marian Scott, director of corporate communications at Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Santa-Cruz is being treated at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Ga. and is listed in satisfactory condition.

Jonathan Blain Giles, 25, of Summerdale, was the driver of the Chevy Santa-Cruz was riding in and was later arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Register said it is up to Santa-Cruz’s family as to whether additional charges will be sought against Giles.