Two people were killed early Monday morning in a chain-reaction drunk driving accident on Interstate 8 in Alpine, about 30 miles northeast of San Diego.
• A woman lost control of her Toyota Yaris and crashed on the freeway. The car ended up in the far left lane.
• A pickup truck either hit the car or stopped to help. The driver got out of his vehicle.
• A drunk driver in an Audi slammed into the Toyota and the pickup truck driver.
• The Toyota driver and the pickup truck driver died at the scene.
California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Pennings said the series of accidents started when 25-year-old Angela August of Alpine lost control of her eastbound 2009 Toyota Yaris for unknown reasons on Interstate 8, just west of Tavern Road.
The car ran up an embankment along the freeway and then rolled over several times as it crossed the freeway and came to rest in the far left lane. August was pinned inside the vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, 59-year-old Jimmy Arevalo of El Centro either crashed his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck into the wrecked Toyota or pulled over to try to assist the trapped driver, Pennings said. He got out of his vehicle and was either standing or walking on the freeway next to the damaged Yaris when 30-year-old Sunny Hall of El Cajon slammed her eastbound 2003 Audi A6 into the Toyota and struck Arevalo.
Arevalo died on the roadway and August died in her car. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Officials had to close the freeway until 6 a.m. while they cleared the wreckage and conducted a preliminary investigation.
Police arrested Hall on drunk driving charges and booked her into San Diego County jail, where she remained in custody. Pennings said she could face numerous other charges in relation to the accident.
Drunk Driving Fatality Statistics
Almost 11,000 people die every year in drunk driving car accidents on U.S. roads, according to federal government statistics published by the non-profit group Alcohol Alert. Drunk driving deaths account for more than a third of all U.S. traffic fatalities.
Many people believe drunk drivers fare better than their victims on the road, but that is not true. Almost two-thirds of those who are killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes are drunk drivers.
Drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes are typically not first-time offenders. Statistics show they are eight times more likely to have a prior drunk driving conviction than other drivers involved in fatal accidents.
More than half of drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents have levels of alcohol in their blood that are twice the legal limit — or more.
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