Driver faces manslaughter, DUI charges in crash that killed 11-year-old

Published: Monday, Jun. 17, 2013 - 7:59 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 17, 2013 - 8:18 am

Authorities booked a 32-year-old woman into jail on vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges after she crashed her vehicle near Natomas early Sunday, killing an 11-year-old passenger.

The California Highway Patrol said the boy died at UC Davis Medical Center from injuries he received after being ejected from the 2003 Chevrolet Suburban at 4:10 a.m. on the ramp linking Northgate Boulevard to Interstate 80.

California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Lizz Dutton said Tyesha Garrett lost control of her Suburban after she left Northgate and got on the ramp to westbound I-80. The vehicle rolled, ejecting the boy.

Garrett and two other children, ages 3 and 10, sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Dutton said.

Garrett was booked into Sacramento County jail on three felony counts. Her bail was listed at $150,000.

The CHP spokeswoman said the vehicle had been filled with bundles of the Sunday Sacramento Bee, and newspapers were strewn on the road after the crash.

Bee officials said Garrett isn't a contract driver for The Bee, but works for the Bennefield Distribution Co. and was delivering newspapers to retail outlets.

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