The wrong-way driver that slammed into a pickup truck on Highway 50 last month had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, officials said Tuesday.
A toxicology report from the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office revealed that Elizabet Torres-Zela, 19, had a blood alcohol level of 0.20 percent at the time of the collision on April 22.
She was traveling east on the westbound lanes of Highway 50 at 2:30 a.m. near Stockton Boulevard, when she crashed into a pickup truck head on.
Torres-Zela, as well as the three men in the pickup, died at the scene. They were identified as Pepito Rivera, 81, and Nick Bacareza, 74, and Tony Kilayko, 76, all of Stockton.
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The incident began about 2:25 a.m. when a citizen called 911 to report a Prius driving onto Highway 50 over the Harbor Boulevard exit ramp, Bradley said. The witness told dispatchers the car was going the wrong way in the westbound fast lane.
The Prius continued into Sacramento in the wrong direction, swerving at times. Another motorist reportedly saw her going in the wrong direction on the highway near 16th Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A minute later, the Prius slammed head-on into the pickup, a blue Ford F-150, just east of Stockton Boulevard. The impact of the crash sent the pickup careening out of its lane and into the path of a Hyundai Sonata, whose driver suffered a bloody nose.