A 32-year-old woman suspected of driving under the influence is expected to face felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter counts when she is booked into the Sacramento County jail later today, a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman said.
Killed in the crash was one of three children riding in the woman's 2003 Suburban -- an 11-year-old boy who was ejected when the vehicle overturned on the ramp from Northgate Boulevard onto Interstate 80 west at 4:10 a.m., said CHP Officer Lizz Dutton.
Dutton said the motorist, Tyesha Garrett, is suspected of driving under the influence when she lost control of her 2003 Suburban while traveling south on Northgate Boulevard and entered the ramp. The boy died at UC Davis Medical Center.
Garrett and a 3-year-old child were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Also in the vehicle was a third child, 10, who wasn't treated at the hospital, Dutton said.
She said the vehicle had been filled with copies of the Sunday Sacramento Bee, and newspaper bundles were scattered on the roadway after the crash.
Bee officials said Garrett isn't a contract driver for The Bee, but works for the Bennefield Distribution Co., and was delivering newspapers to retail outlets.
A spokesman for Bennefield was not available for comment early today.
The accident did not affect Bee Sunday home delivery customers.