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Suspected DUI Driver Drove More Than A Mile With Dying Man In Car Windshield
A woman allegedly driving under the influence struck and killed a pedestrian on a sidewalk in Oceanside on Monday, and then continued to drive for more than a mile with the victim's body embedded in the vehicle's windshield, reports the L.A. Times.
Oceanside Police arrested 29-year-old Esteysi Sanchez on Monday morning. Sanchez was booked on suspicion of DUI, felony hit-and-run, along with vehicular manslaughter.
The crash itself happened at around 6:20 a.m., on Oceanside's Mission Avenue. Witnesses reportedly watched Sanchez plow her vehicle up onto the sidewalk, striking a pedestrian in the process. The man who was hit was struck hard enough to force his body through the windshield of the car, and into the car's passenger seat. A witness also reported seeing one of the victim's legs ripped off, and thrown to the trunk of the vehicle, according to KNSD.
Sanchez didn't stop after striking the victim, identified so far only as a transient man likely walking to a soup kitchen. Instead, she continued driving for approximately one mile until she parked her car in the middle of a neighborhood cul-de-sac, according to ABC10. Sanchez then walked away from the car to her house nearby.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and Sanchez was found roughly one hour after the crash occurred following a tip from her boyfriend.
Somewhat harrowingly, this is not the first time a crash like this has occurred. Back in 2012, a man was struck and killed by a woman driving under the influence. Instead of stopping, 51-year-old Sherri Lynn Wilkins drove more than two miles while the victim, 31-year-old Phillip Moreno, bled to death on her car's windshield.