An alleged drunk driver crashed through a mobile home in California, killing three members of a family as they slept. A fourth victim remains in critical condition.
33-year-old Ismael Huazo-Jardinez of Yuba City, California, was arrested on Saturday night just as police declared the victims dead at the scene. Huazo-Jardinez's vehicle allegedly had been speeding when it plowed into the mobile home at about 9:50pm in the Jennings Court area of Sutter County, California.
Huazo-Jardinez “failed to negotiate the ‘S’ curve,” according to a release from the California Highway Patrol obtained by The Sacramento Bee. He had been speeding on Highway 113 in his Chevrolet Avalanche, according to authorities.
A 10-year-old boy is the youngest victim of the crash. The other two victims killed were a 38-year-old man and a 34-year-old women. An 11-year-old girl was airlifted by helicopter to a U.C. Davis medical facility, where she's being treated for major injuries. The names of the victims will be released after a report is issued by a coroner.
A neighbor who witnessed the crash, Steve Martinez, said Huezo-Jardinez attempted to flee as police arrived.
“He tried to run but he got a beat down trying to do it. A couple of guys grabbed ahold of him,” Martinez told CBS Sacramento. “That little girl, the motorhome was on top of her and a bunch of guys got there to try to lift it off of her.”
Huazo-Jardinez was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries before being booked at the Sutter County Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.
CHP spokesman David Hernandez warned about the dangers of drunk driving.
“If you add alcohol and speed, it’s a recipe for disaster," he said, according to according to KCRA3 of Sacramento, California.
A memorial outside the home has since been created by grieving neighbors. Not much is left of the home itself.
Neighbor Debra Franklin is now speaking out about the need for more signage around the area.
“It’s got to stop. Whoever is in charge of this highway you need to do something about it,” Franklin said to Fox40 of Sacramento, California. “Because there’s speeding and there’s no way to protect the people who live here.”
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