Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues.
QUESTION: What is the status of the case against Tresa Bales-Sterba of Orangevale, who is accused of hitting two brothers in a crosswalk with her car last October in Citrus Heights?
Submitted by: Tim, Folsom
ANSWER: Tresa Bales-Sterba is free on bail as her case makes its way through the court process.
According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, she is still charged with felony driving under the influence and misdemeanor driving with a suspended or revoked license, although one of victims, 6-year-old Henry Perez-Rocha, died Jan. 16.
Following the youngster's death, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said staff members would re-evaluate the charges once they had all the necessary information and reports.
Bales-Sterba's next court date is set for April 9.
Citrus Heights police have said that Bales-Sterba was driving a Chrysler 300 on Oct. 5 when it collided with a Chevy Suburban at the intersection of Greenback Lane and Mariposa Avenue. The Chrysler then spun into Henry Perez-Rocha and his 8-year-old brother, Juan Perez- Rocha, who were in the crosswalk on their way to Skycrest Elementary School.
According to stories in The Bee, Bales-Sterba was arrested and then released from jail after posting $100,000 bail. But during a later court appearance, the judge raised the bail to $200,000 after a toxicology report showed that she was under the influence of methamphetamine and other drugs at the time of the crash.
Bales-Sterba was taken back into custody, then released after posting the additional bail.
Have a Sacto 911 question? Submit it here.