The Sacramento Police Department (SPD) have arrested a young woman for driving while intoxicated with her two children in the car, and causing an automobile accident that claimed one life, according to an official press release.
Reena Ashlie Sanchez, 24, was reportedly booked into Sacramento County Jail for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and child endangerment.
According to the SPD, on Sunday, February 3, at approximately 3:46 am, officers responded to the 100 block of El Camino Avenue for a vehicle accident where two passengers were ejected from a sport utility vehicle (SUV).
Police officers and Sacramento fire personnel arrived to find two vehicles involved in the collision with multiple occupants. The SUV, which had been reportedly struck from behind, was occupied by four male adults. Two of those occupants had been ejected during the collision, with one pronounced dead at the scene. The other ejected passenger and front passenger were reportedly transported to an area hospital, and the driver did not require medical attention.
The second car involved was a sedan driven by Sanchez with her two children, ages 1 and 2. Both children were reportedly secured in car seats.
According to the SPD, Sanchez was reportedly driving as a high rate of speed westbound on El Camino Avenue approaching Colfax Street and struck the SUV that was also traveling in the same direction, causing the SUV to hit a tree, spinning the vehicle and ejecting the two rear passengers.
Sanchez was reportedly detained at the scene and transported to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries. Sanchez’ children were also transported to an area hospital as a precaution and are now in protective custody.
The SPD asks anyone who witnessed this accident or has any information to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES).
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