A 20-year-old unlicensed driver was arrested early Thursday morning after a drunk driving accident that injured two of her passengers as well as herself in an unincorporated area of Marin County near San Rafael.
• An underage drunk driver was speeding and lost control of her car.
• She crashed into a parked Porsche, which then crashed into two other parked vehicles. All three suffered serious damage.
• Both passengers and the drunk driver suffered major injuries. She was arrested on two felony DUI charges.
California Highway Patrol officer Eric Hohmeister said 20-year-old Guadalupe Pantoja of San Rafael was driving a 1999 Dodge Intrepid eastbound on Point San Pedro Road just east of Summit Avenue in unincorporated Marin County at the time of the crash.
Pantoja, who was driving without a license, was intoxicated and traveling at an excessive rate of speed, Hohmeister said. She crashed the Intrepid into the rear of a 2004 Porsche Cayenne that was parked on the right shoulder of the road.
The impact sent the Porsche into a forward spin, and it crashed into a parked 1995 Jaguar sedan. That pushed the Jaguar into a utility trailer, according to a report in the Marin Independent-Journal.
Meanwhile, the Intrepid continued moving forward and slammed into a fence and some trees. A San Rafael man and a Richmond man climbed out of the wrecked Intrepid and collapsed and the car burst into flames.
The 22-year-old San Rafael man, who had been riding in the right front passenger seat, suffered a collapsed lung, dislocated right shoulder and fractured hip and ribs, Hohmeister said.
The 20-year-old Richmond man, who had been riding in the back seat, tried to run away from the burning car but he collapsed in the westbound lane of Point San Pedro Road, Hohmeister said. He suffered a severe kidney injury and also complained of neck, back and stomach pain.
Pantoja was trapped in the driver’s seat of the burning car and was screaming frantically for help. One of the men who had escaped from the burning car yelled back and swore at her, according to a neighbor at the scene.
The neighbor called 911 and her husband ran to the burning car with a fire extinguisher to try to put out the fire. San Rafael fire battalion chief Jim Lydon responded to the scene with three paramedic units and three fire engine companies.
Firefighters used a Jaws of Life device to extricate Pantoja from the car. She suffered lacerations to her forehead, leg, knee and a broken right ankle, Hohmeister said. She was rushed to Marin General Hospital, where she was treated and arrested on two counts of felony drunken driving, including causing great bodily harm.
Hohmeister said Pantoja had been previously convicted of driving without a license in 2010.
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