Sacto 9-1-1
February 3, 2013
DUI suspected in crash today that leaves one dead, others injured

Reena Ashlie Sanchez.jpgBy Anne Gonzales

One person is dead and another faces manslaughter and child endangerment charges, after a two-vehicle accident early this morning on El Camino Avenue near Colfax Street, Sacramento police said.

A 24-year-old woman suspected of driving while intoxicated with her two young children in the back seat, was arrested in connection with the crash.

A sports utility vehicle with four men in it was traveling westbound on El Camino Avenue approaching the intersection of Colfax Street about 3:45 a.m., when a sedan traveling behind at a high rate of speed struck the rear of the SUV, according to Officer Michele Gigante, a Sacramento police spokesperson.

The collision caused the SUV to spin out and hit a tree, Gigante said. Two backseat passengers were ejected, and one, a male about 30 years old, died at the scene.

The other ejected passenger and the front seat passenger were transported to area hospitals, and were being treated Sunday morning. The driver of the SUV did not require medical attention.

The driver of the sedan, Reena Ashlie Sanchez, was also transported to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries. About 11:30 a.m., she was released from the hospital and booked into Sacramento County Jail for vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and child endangerment, Gigante said.

The driver's children, aged 1 and 2, were strapped into their car seats in the back of the vehicle at the time of the crash. The children were transported to a hospital, treated and released into the custody of Child Protective Services.

Gigante said the incident is a tragic reminder of the consequences of drinking and driving on Super Bowl weekend.

"We will have patrols out looking for drunken drivers after the Super Bowl," she reminded revelers. "We are asking people to have a plan if they are going to drink. Think about the implications and how life can change in a moment."

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