Accordingly, reports said that Arlene Anna Hernandez, 22, was driving eastbound while under the influence when she lost control of the 2005 Kia Sedona that she was driving due to her extreme level of intoxication. The minivan fell down the embankment and then landed upside down in the Otay Lake reservoir.
Meanwhile, Hernandez and the man on the passenger seat of the minivan were able to extricate themselves from the vehicle while the two 5-year-old girls at the backseat were only extricated through the help of civilians and other U.S. Border Patrol agents in the area while the paramedics were on their way to the accident scene.
The children were airlifted to Rady Children’s hospital. However, shortly upon hospital arrival, the two minors were pronounced dead. Investigations identified the man on the passenger’s side as Eric Figueroa, while one of the children who died from the incident was identified as Guilana Figueroa, daughter of Eric. Both were residents of La Mesa.
The other girl was identified as Lesette Silva of Chula Vista, but her relation to the other passengers, if any, was not yet determined.
Meanwhile, Hernandez was jailed and being held on a $400,000.00 bail. She will be facing charges, including four counts of felony, gross vehicular manslaughter, cruelty to minor resulting to injury/death, and driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol/drugs resulting to personal injury.
Basically, car crashes occur as a result of the negligence and irresponsibility of drivers who fail to follow proper rules and regulations while on the roadways. Most often, accidents were caused by stubborn individuals driving under the influence.
Over the years, a Los Angeles automobile accident attorney in fact has been a witness to the significantly growing number of people being injured or killed each year due to drunk drivers.