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Alleged Drunk Driver Kills Filipina Grandma And Grandkid In California


SAN FRANCISCO – In an incident that took place Saturday 26 March east of Tulare, California, a 10-year-old Filipina American girl and her 69-year-old grandmother were killed in a crash by an alleged drunk driver.

The girl, identified as Jamie Espinoza and her grandmother, Angelita Espinosa of Porterville, California, both died in the crash that took place near Spacer Drive and Avenue 200.

Jamie’s parents were also travelling in the vehicle with them. Her father, 42-year-old George Espinosa Jr. and her mother, 42-year-old Charlotte Espinosa, were both injured. They were both from Las Vegas.

The family was on their way back from a visit to Yosemite National Park. A report from the Visalia Times Delta stated that all of them were wearing seatbelts.

Jamie’s father was the one driving the vehicle. They were travelling in a 2012 Honda Pilot according to the California Highway Patrol when it was broadsided by an SUV. The driver of the SUV was identified as 25-year-old Cheyenne Wyllie of Exeter, who failed to yield at a posted stop sign. She then struck the Pilot on the driver’s side.

Jamie’s father was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center by a helicopter ambulance. He was later transferred to Community Regional Medical Center where he was kept in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in critical condition.

Jamie’s mother did not sustain serious injuries. She was taken to Tulare Regional Medical Center and was discharged after examination.

Wyllie was also injured in the crash and was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center. According to CHP, she was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drunk driving. Her blood alcohol level was tested, which came out at 2.2%, almost three times the legal limit.

She was booked into Bob Wiley Detention Facility and was released Sunday afternoon on $100,000 bail. The officers booked her as a DUI with injury suspect instead of gross vehicular manslaughter.

A criminal filing is expected to be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office later. If a judge determines the charges warrant the increase, her bail could be set at $500,000.

News Source: www.GlobalNation.Inquirer.net

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My name is Aaron Bortel. I practice in the state of California. I handle DUI cases exclusively and have been practicing for over 25 years.