LOS ANGELES, California – Suspected drunk driver Eba Jimenez, 37, faces multiple criminal charges including two counts of murder and driving under the influence for the June 16 deaths of Marlene Alatorre, 19, and Claudia Fernandez, 38, according to a press release issued by Deputy District Attorney John Gilligan.
The suspected drunk driver allegedly led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed pursuit on the Golden State Interstate 5 Freeway, exited at Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, then ran through a red light and crashed into a crowd of people standing near a taco truck in Boyle Heights, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Police initially began pursing Jimenez about 11:20 p.m. after they spotted her driving erratically on the eastbound Santa Monica Freeway. After police turned on their lights and sirens, Jimenez sped off in a chase reaching up to 100 mph. Two other victims were injured in the crash.
“Anyone who drinks alcohol should think twice before getting behind the wheel of their car and driving because the life you take on the road may be your own,” said Attorney West Thomas, founder of the Thomas Law Firm. “You or your family could be killed, someone else’s family members could be killed and in this case Jimenez may spend the rest of her life behind bars for her actions.”
Jimenez, an Upland resident, was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Department 30 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center where she was charged with murder, one felony count each of evading an officer, DUI causing injury and driving with .08 percent or higher blood alcohol level causing injury. The suspected drunk driver is being held on $2 million bail.
California Drunk Driving Statistics
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, some 791 people died because of drunk drivers out of a total of 2,715 people who were killed in traffic accidents in California in 2010.
Nationwide there were 10,228 deaths attributed to alcohol impaired driving in 2010, the NHTSA reports. Some 32,885 people died in traffic accidents nationwide. While the numbers are staggering, deaths from drunk drivers were actually down nearly 5% in 2010 compared to 2009.
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